Follow CBSDFW.COM: Facebook | Twitter

ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — The co-winner of this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee is being honored at the New York state Capitol.

READ MORE: Hebron High School Teacher Jared Stites Arrested For Allegedly Sexually Assaulting Student

Thirteen-year-old Jairam Hathwar of Painted Post will be recognized Wednesday by the state Assembly and Senate. He shared first place in the National Spelling Bee last month with 11-year-old Nihar Janga from Austin, Texas.

READ MORE: Border Patrol Agents Seize Nearly 900 Pounds Of Marijuana From Smugglers Crossing Rio Grande River

Nihar is a fifth-grader at River Ridge Elementary in the Leander Independent School District. Nihar almost walked away as the big winner, but he misspelled the words “ayacahuite” and “tetradrachm.” The youngster was also the only speller to get a perfect score on the preliminary Scripps test.

In New York today, Jairam will be accompanied by his parents and an older brother who was National Spelling Bee co-champion in 2014. Jairam is a seventh-grader at The Alternative School for Math & Science in Corning.

MORE NEWS: Manhunt Underway For 22-Year-Old Man Accused Of Shooting At Garland Police Officers

(©2016 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)