(Washington) - Ashwin Veeramani of North Royalton was one of 12 students advancing to the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee at the National Harbor outside Washington DC, but wasn't the winner.
In the 12th round, Ashwin spelled the word depayse incorrectly. Depayse may have been a fitting word for him to go out on, as it means, "situated in unfamiliar surroundings; displaced."
Ashwin correctly spelled the words 'daphnean' (which means shy), and 'extincteur' (which is a fire extinguisher) in the seminfinals to get him to the finals, which were Thursday night.
Ashwin's big sister Anamika Veeramani won the National Spelling Bee four years ago. Ohio has produced more National Spelling champions than any other state - with 9.
As for who won, Sriram Hathwar and Ansun Sujoe were both declared winners after the 22nd round after Spelling Bee officials ran out of words. It's the first tie since 1962.
(Photo courtesy Scripps National Spelling Bee)
The Finals will be broadcast live on ESPN Thursday night at 8 p.m.