Huntsville student is one of eight National Spelling Bee Co-Champions

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS) — Not one…Not two… But eight kids have been declared winners of the Scripps national spelling bee.

This is the first group to share the coveted title in the event’s nearly century-long history.

By the bee’s 17th round, judges told the super spellers they were running out of words that would challenge them and had decided the competition would continue for just three more rounds.

Not one of the eight struggled to spell out their final words.

Even if they had to share the momentous moment onstage, the co-champions, who range in age from 12 to 14, will not have to split up their winnings. Each speller received a $50,000 prize.

They’ll also receive trips to New York — and Hollywood — to appear on talk shows in the coming weeks.

Alabama native and Huntsville student Erin Howard is one the Scripps National Spelling Bee co-champions.

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