Nihar Janga and Jairam Hathwar spelled their way to v-i-c-t-o-r-y, dominating the 89th National Spelling Bee to become co-champions on May 26. As these two enjoy their success, here are 5 things to know about these vocabulary marvels.
Nihar Janga, 11, and Jairam Hathwar, 13, must have graduated from Hogwarts because they’re absolute experts at spelling! These two kids blasted through the 89th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee, beating 282 others to become co-champions. As they celebrate their spelling slayage, get to know more about these two champs.
1. Spelling has brought these two together.
For the third year in a row, the National Spelling Bee ended in a tie. While some would be disappointed to share the spotlight, these two were rooting for each other, according to the Democrat & Chronicle. “I wanted Jairam to win because he’s nice,” Nihar said. “He’s one of my best spelling friends.”
2. Nihar is the youngest Spelling Bee Winner.
At just 11-years-old, Nihar is the youngest winner in the bee on record, according to ESPN. “I’m just speechless. I can’t say anything,” Nihar said. “I mean, I’m only in fifth grade.” Though, he can’t be surprised. Nihar was the only entrant to get a perfect score on the preliminary test, according to USA Today. The secret to his success? “My mom,” said Nihar.
3. Nihar is a fan of Dez Bryant – and Dez loves him too!
Nihar, an Austin, Texas native, knew how he wanted to celebrate when he took home the gold. He threw up the “X” sign with his wrists, just like Dallas Cowboys star Dez Bryant, 27. Dez must secretly be a Spelling Bee fan because he tweeted how Nihar “just made my whole day.” How sweet!
GESELLSCHAFT!!!! That Nihar celebration dance pic.twitter.com/S0fy61kIzq
— Silvia Killingsworth (@silviakillings) May 27, 2016
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) May 27, 2016
4. Jairam is following in his brother’s footsteps.
Jairam’s not the first person from his family to win the National Spelling Bee. His brother, Sriram Hathwar, competed in four National Spelling Bee competitions before becoming a co-champion in 2014. It seems Jairam and Sriram are the Eli, 35, and Peyton Manning, 40, of Spelling Bees.
5. These two have huge ambitions.
Nihar wants to be a neurosurgeon who develops many cures for serious brain disorders. Jairam, on the other hand, wants to go to Harvard to study medicine so he could become a physician. If these two are as good as medicine as they are at spelling, the future is in good hands.
Congratulations to Nihar and Jairam! HollywoodLifers, are you thrilled that these two spelling-stars won?