There are 8 winners this year, that’s right 8 champions, in the National Spelling Bee.
Your first official look at our 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee Co-Champions. Each speller will receive a Scripps Cup and $50,000 cash prize from Scripps. After 20 rounds of intensive, record-breaking competition, they're all going home as winners. #spellingbee pic.twitter.com/8nRzDAk5dc— Scripps National Spelling Bee (@ScrippsBee) May 31, 2019
By the way, according to the Press Herald, Maine State Spelling Bee champion Sebastian Shields, who is a seventh-grader at Saco Middle School, made it into the third round.
A superhuman group of adolescents broke the Scripps National Spelling Bee with 8 contestants crowned co-champions after the competition said it was running out of challenging words https://t.co/Ov5Hafv6Pp— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 31, 2019