Winner Finally Declared in KC Spelling Bee

By CNN News Wire

Published 03/10 2014 06:36AM

Updated 03/10 2014 08:11AM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It took more than 90 rounds, two days and a two-week break, but the Kansas City  Spelling Bee finally has a winner.

Fifth grader Sophia Hoffman stumbled on the word "stifling".

And seventh grader Kush Sharma ended up taking home the win.

The two competitors met February 22nd at the Kansas City Public Library for the regularly scheduled competition but exhausted all the words on the judges' list.

A tie wasn't allowed, so the two met up Saturday for a spell-off.

"In the two weeks that we've had, I mean, we've just become really good friends.  And you know, I sort of, I was getting pretty sad when she got that word incorrect," says Kush.

Sharma now heads to Washington, where he will join more than 280 other qualifiers in the 2014 Scripps National Bee.

(KSHB for CNN)

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