Thirteen-year-old Kavya Shivashankar of Olathe, Kan., has claimed the
title of the nation's top speller.
Kavya aced the word 'Laodicean' (lay-OD-uh-CEE-uhn) Thursday night to win the 82nd Scripps National Spelling Bee. The word stands for a person who is lukewarm or indifferent, especially in religion.
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.