11:05pm: Our livechat is archived below the fold. These were two amazing kids -- hell, the final four were all as good as any spellers we've ever seen -- and I'm glad that no one had to lose. Still, three straight ties? It's worth further thought about competition structure and whether there's another set of refinements we need, but at this moment I'm just glad I got to see what Nihar Janga and Jairam Hathwar could do.
Live Blog 2016 National Spelling Bee Finals