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Twitter declares ‘The Beefather’ shirt a spelling bee winner, too

Proud father Mirle Shivashanka wore a T-shirt that captured a lot of attention.
Proud father Mirle Shivashanka wore a T-shirt that captured a lot of attention. Twitter

Vanya Shivashankar of Olathe might have become co-champion of the 88th Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday. But her proud dad won Twitter’s praise with the T-shirt he wore for the big occasion.

Mirle Shivashankar’s shirt declared him “The Beefather.”

That’s no empty boast for Mirle, a software engineer. Vanya, 13, became the first sibling of a past champion to win the bee. Her sister, Kavya, won in 2009.

Two for two. Not bad, dad.

Vanya shared the championship with 14-year-old Gokul Venkatachalam from Chesterfield, Mo., on her fifth and final attempt at the title.

Meanwhile, folks on Twitter want to know: Hey dad, where’d you get that T-shirt?

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