Two Missouri students went toe-to-toe for 66 rounds in the annual Jackson County spelling bee. But they couldn't finish because event organizers ran out of words for the contest.
The Kansas City Star reports 25 students started the championship round Saturday. Only two remained after 19 rounds.
From there, fifth-grader Sophia Hoffman of Lee's Summit and Kush Sharma, a seventh-grader from Kansas City, buzzed through the list of words provided by the national bee. Then they went through 20 others plucked from the dictionary.
Five hours after the contest started, bee officials decided not to pull more words from the dictionary. They decided instead to continue the competition March 8 at an undetermined library location.
Critical thinking challenge: How could anyone run out of words?
- Posted on February 23, 2014