WASHINGTON -- Thirteen-year-old Kavya Shivashankar of Olathe, Kan., has claimed the
title of the nation's top speller.
Kavya aced the word 'Laodicean' Thursday
night to win the 82nd Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Kavya takes home more than $40,000 in cash and prizes.
Second place goes to 12-year-old Tim Ruiter of Centreville, Va.
A record 293 participants took part in the bee. The field was
narrowed to 41 for the semifinals Thursday morning, then to 11 for
the nationally televised finals.