After 95 rounds and nearly six hours of competition, spilling into an extraordinary overtime that drew worldwide media attention, Kush Sharma emerged as champion of the Jackson County, Missouri Spelling Bee.
The seventh grader from Kansas City carefully spelled out "definition". It was the 57th word of the day and 261st of the championship bee, to nail down the title and a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in May.
It ended a duel that was suspended two weeks earlier when bee officials famously exhausted their supply of words. News of the stalemate went national, then global, picked up by media outlets as far away as India, Pakistan and Australia.