TODAY | March 08, 2014
>>> now to the story of two middle school students who are getting ready to hopefully finish off a spelling bee that they started weeks ago. they went at it letter by letter, word by word for so long, the last time organizers actually ran out of words, but the event couldn't end in a tie, so they now have another spelling bee to crown a winner. and ron mott has the story.
>> reporter: this is a tale of two kids who can really s-p-e-l-l. fifth grader sophia hoffman and seventh greater kush sharma from the kansas city , missouri, area are such good spellers that officials ran out of words to give them after a marathon spelling bee two weeks ago.
>> the last year, we had 21 rounds in the championship bee, so this is way more than we anticipated.
>> reporter: and after 66 rounds, organizers were d-o-n-e. no cringe-worthy gaffes for these two, unlike the president on thursday.
>> when aretha first told us what r-s-p-e-c-t? meant to her?
>> reporter: instead, they sauntered through increasingly harder words like shauden fraud and scherso, and fantoccini, not to be confused with pasta with alfredo sauce . and while there are calls for them to both go to washington, d.c., for the spelling bee in may, rules don't allow.
>> scripps national spelling bee requires that every single area and every specific bee send only one person.
>> reporter: so, they've set the stage again today. an overflow crowd expected, hoping to crown a winner, a winner who might not flinch at webster's longest tongue-twister, numonoultramicroscopic silicone siliconovolcano, fewer who can probably spell it. for "today," ron mott, nbc n-e-w-s.