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The annual Scripps National Spelling Bee is a natural pressure cooker for teen and pre-teen madness, combining type-A kids, a national spotlight, and words like “nagelfluh” (a mineral composite, we had to look it up) into one potent cocktail for things getting raw. (R-A-W. Raw.) This year’s match-up was no exception, introducing the world to the artistic savagery of 11-year-old co-winner Nihar Janga, the youngest person to ever triumph in the competition. Do you doubt this kid’s letter-juggling, shade-throwing, victory-dancing bona fides? Then watch this clip of Janga responding to his opponent (and eventual co-champion) Jairam Hathwar screwing up the word “drahthaar” (it’s a kind of dog—thanks, Google) and watch the ice water start flowing through his veins.

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But Janga is brutal in his victories, as well as the defeats of others. Watch his reaction to his and Hathwar’s shared victory, after a grueling letter-based back-and-forth:

Janga throws up the X (like his NFL hero, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, who responded to the move on social media) and leaves Hathwar hanging on a post-victory high-five not once, but twice. (To be fair, the two are apparently friendly in real life.) It’s a thing of beauty, almost as gorgeous as the sight of a bunch of 10-year-olds furiously dapping because they managed to spell gesellschaft (German for “society”, naturally) correctly on a national stage.

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[via Uproxx]