Indian-Americans Vanya Shivashankar, Gokul Venkatachalam share National Spelling Bee 2015

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Washington, May 29: Two Indian-Americans tens Vanya Shivashankar, Gokul Venkatachalam jointly hold the trophy for National Spelling Bee 2015.

They tied to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday, CNN reported.

Two Indian-Americans win spelling bee

Vanya Shivashankar, 13, of Olathe, Kansas, and Gokul Venkatachalam, 14, of Chesterfield, Missouri, were declared co-champions.

Vanya's final word was "scherenschnitte," which means the art of cutting paper into decorative designs whil Gokul correctly spelled the word "nunatak."

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Thirteen year old Vanya from Olathe in Kansas is sibling of 2009 National Spelling Bee champion Kavya Shivashankar.

Vanya has competed in the national bee four other times. Last year, she tied for 13th place while Gokul, an eighth grader at Parkway West School, came in third place in last year's competition.

285 contestants took part in this year's national championship. The contest finished Thursday night with the finals broadcast live on ESPN.

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