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Two contestants tie for the win at National Spelling Bee

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(CNN) — Vanya Shivashankar, 13, of Olathe, Kansas, and Gokul Venkatachalam, 14, of Chesterfield, Missouri, tied as winners of the National Spelling Bee on Thursday.

Shivashankar correctly spelled the word “‘scherenschnitte” and Venkatachalam correctly spelled the word “nunatak.”

Two local kids made the semifinals for this year’s Spelling Bee as well.

Owen Kovalik, 12, is a sixth grader at Medina Christian Academy. He plays four instruments: the violin, piano, clarinet and recorder.

Melina Gabele, 13, attends Mater Dei Academy. She likes science and competed in the spelling bee last year, too.