Tara Singh, making her fifth and final appearance in the bee, will go to the prime-time finals for the first time.
To even get to that point, the finalists had to survive almost five hours of onstage spelling that started Thursday morning. The 516 competitors was the largest field that the contest has ever seen.
Nemmani's loss to Modi at the county level would normally have disqualified him for the national bee but he took advantage of a new program called RSVBee, which allows spellers to pay to compete in the national bee.
The 16 finalists ranged in age from 11 to 14 and included nine girls and seven boys.
The spellers come from all over the United States, plus one from Canada. Contrast that to Nemmani's victory that was reported with regular headlines, such as this one in CNN: "Texas teen wins National Spelling Bee".
In the final round, 12-year-old runner-up Naysa Modi made a mistake that is all too common for us all: she left the second "s" out of "Bewusstseinslage". "That's too much pressure".
Fourteen-year-old Karthik Nemmani of McKinney, Texas was the victor of the ultimate resume builder for a teenaged student - along with $40,000 cash-money, a trophy, a $2,500 savings bond, and encyclopedias (they still make encyclopedias?).
Competitors in the Scripps National Spelling Bee often struggle to contain their emotions as they react to obscure, complicated or tricked-up words that they may have never heard before.
Anisha Rao, 12, from Dublin, Calif., spells her word incorrectly during Round 9 of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, May 31, 2018.
Kaplan is one of 16 students who have made the finals after at least 500 others were eliminated during the preliminaries. That included Naysa and Nemmani; 14-year-old Sravanth Malla of NY; 12-year-old Shruthika Padhy of New Jersey; and 12-year-old Aisha Randhawa of California.
Google Trends this week came out with a map that shows the top "how to spell" word searches for each state. She spelled it "pavillant", bringing an end to her three days of triumph at the Maryland event.
US imposing steel and aluminium tariffs on Canada, Mexico
May 31, 2018 - 21:57
Barring an 11th-hour reprieve, those exemptions will expire as scheduled. Ross criticized the European Union for its tough negotiating position.
Serena's 'Wakanda-Inspired' Bodysuit About More Than Fashion
May 31, 2018 - 21:04
Serena Williams has returned to the court after giving birth to her first child a year ago - and she's done so in dramatic style. A CT scan revealed several small clots had indeed settled in her lungs, and doctors administered blood-thinning medication.
Taliban, Afghan officials in ceasefire talks: U.S
May 31, 2018 - 21:02
Martin O'Donnell, said earlier that more than 50 were killed but that an exact count has not yet been established. There have also been numerous attacks on government buildings and at police checkpoints.
LeBron James, Cavaliers edge past Celtics to reach NBA Finals
May 31, 2018 - 20:59
Love shot below 40 percent from the field again a year ago , averaging 16.0 points and 11.2 rebounds per game. And with the postseason coming down to crunch time, we get to see big time players produce in big time spots.
Spain's Carvajal fit for World Cup
May 31, 2018 - 20:48
Egypt still looks like they will bring along Salah for the campaign, but whether he plays a game or not still remains in question. The Egyptian national football team have since tweeted that Salah will undergo a scan on his shoulder.
New York Officials Are Reportedly Set To Arrest Harvey Weinstein
May 31, 2018 - 20:06
Dozens of other big names in the entertainment industry have since been accused of sexual misconduct, including Louis CK , R. Yet it was a 2004 meeting with actress Lucia Evans that stands at the center of the allegations Weinstein now faces in NY .
Israel minister threatens occupation of besieged Gaza as tensions soar
May 30, 2018 - 18:57
It accuses Hamas of trying to carry out attacks under the cover of protests and using civilian demonstrators as human shields. Israeli media reported that Netanyahu was meeting with defense chiefs Tuesday night to evaluate the situation.
Bank Hackers Demand $1 Million Ransom for Safe Return of Stolen Data
May 30, 2018 - 18:57
In November, ride-sharing company Uber said hackers stole names, email addresses and cellphone numbers of millions of riders. "We warned BMO and Simplii that we would share their customers informations if they don't cooperate".
Don Lemon: Why did ABC give Roseanne a chance despite past controversies?
May 30, 2018 - 18:28
A few hours after Barr's tweet , Wanda Sykes, a consulting producer on the Roseanne show, tweeted she will not be returning. I'm anxious about the people out there who don't have a circle of friends and followers who come right to their defense".
IOS 11.4 arrives with AirPlay 2, Messages in iCloud
May 30, 2018 - 18:20
Specifically for HomePod users, the iOS 11.4 update brings support for setting up HomePod stereo pair using your iPhone or iPad. The update brings features promised by Apple during the first announcement of iOS 11 at WWDC 2017.
Man Utd hoping to sign €20m Dalot from Porto this week
May 30, 2018 - 18:01
The 19-year-old broke into Porto's first-team last season and has only made a handful of appearances for the Portuguese champions. Dalot can also play in midfield and at left-back, the position he has operated in primarily for Sérgio Conceição's side.
Weekend sleep-ins are good for you
May 29, 2018 - 15:25
If you don't get enough sleep , you wake up with that sleep pressure and start the day with a higher need for it. Previous studies have found a U‐shaped relationship between mortality and (weekday) sleep duration.
American Imprisoned in Venezuela is Feted at White House Following His Release
May 29, 2018 - 15:24
Holt, from Utah, was arrested in June 2016, after travelling to Venezuela to marry Thamara Caleño , a native of the country. Holt was arrested on weapons charged during a trip to Venezuela to marry a woman he'd met on a website to practice Spanish.
Fourth line leads Golden Knights to thrilling Game 1 win over Capitals
May 29, 2018 - 13:05
Forward Ryan Reaves , hardly a beacon of good behavior himself , added: "It was a late, blindside hit like Wilson always does". Referees Wes McCauley and Marc Joannette missed a blatant cross-check by Reaves on John Carlson on the sequence he scored.
Iguodala Day-to-Day, Paul Game-Time Decision for Game 7
May 29, 2018 - 09:24
He played 46 minutes the following game but still came up big with 46 points to send the series to a seventh and deciding game. Paul's status will loom large over Game 7, but it may not mean anything if the Warriors finally play up to their potential.