Other words that the spellers had to tackle included "soubresaut", "praxitelean", "ispaghul", and "loratadine".
But had it not been for a new invitiaional program, Karthik wouldn't have made it to the national stage. The competition was, in a word, brutal.
Saagar, 13, Battle Creek Lakeview Middle School eighth-grader, earned a trip to the national bee by winning the represent the 2018 MLive/Jackson Citizen Patriot Spelling Bee on March 13. Naysa Modi, a poised and charismatic four-time participant whose long spelling career seemed to be building toward triumph, sat next to a newcomer whom she had already beaten this year - at the county level. The competition is only open to contestants 15 and younger. "That's one speller I know who's better than I am".
Naysa was making her fourth appearance at nationals and had a loud cheering section.
Another student from North Texas, 12-year-old Naysa Modi of Frisco, came in second place. "That's too much pressure".
It has seven letters, its comes from Yiddish and it was a question at the Scripps National Spelling Bee semifinals this week in Maryland.
The massive field of spellers began competing in earnest Tuesday by taking a written test so hard that there were no flawless scores this year. The final, which had 16 spellers, went on for 18 rounds. That included Naysa and Nemmani; 14-year-old Sravanth Malla of NY; 12-year-old Shruthika Padhy of New Jersey; and 12-year-old Aisha Randhawa of California. He also practiced spelling with his mother.
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The additional day of spelling meant that Jacques Bailly, the bee's long-time pronouncer - who is treated with nearly iconic reverence by the spellers - took breaks for the first time to preserve his voice, handing over the microphone to associate pronouncer Brian Sietsema for a couple of the preliminary rounds.
"I had confidence, but I didn't really think it would happen", Nemmani said moments after receiving his trophy at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in suburban Washington.
Using the top searched "how to spell" words of each state, Google compiled a map that shows which words have given people the most pause in the US.
A record-shattering 516 spellers qualified - compared to 291 the year before. It was the largest group in contest history to advance to the championship finals.
Not knowing a word doesn't always mean a speller will get it wrong - the savviest competitors can piece together a word by relying on their knowledge of roots and language patterns.
"It remains true today that real Christian fellowship stems from our fellowship with God", it continues.