Indian-Origin Teen Wins Spelling Bee Championship Over Record-Breaking 515 Contestants
This year also Indian child became champion in Scripps National Spelling Bee Championship in America. Karthik Nemani, a 14-year-old boy, achieved this feat. Karthik is studying eighth grade in the McKinney area of Texas. With Karthik’s success in the contest this is 14th consecutive time that an Indian won the title. Ananya Vinay of Indian origin won the title last year.
Karthik had to outlast a field of 16 finalists who vanquished words such as “Praxitelean,” “ispaghul” and “telyn” – sometimes without batting an eyelash – in a breathtaking show of spelling skill broadcast live on ESPN.
Karthik’s won the title by spelling ‘koinonia’ word correctly. He will be rewarded with 42 thousand US dollars. Scripps will give a trophy of 40 thousand dollars. Merriam-Webster will give $ 2,500 cash prize and a full reference library. The Washington Post also revealed that Karthik receives a pizza party for reading school and free trip for New York, and Hollywood tours. About 16 contestants reached finals are aged 11 to 14 years. There are 9 girls and seven boys. The 16 finalists took the stage at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Maryland to battle it out for the title of champion.
The spellers came from all over the United States, plus one from Canada. And several had appeared at the national bee in previous years. This time, 516 people took part in the competition. Last year, 291 people were competing.
“It’s very happy to be on this platform. For a few years I’ve been dreaming for it, and I worked hard for this. I believed in myself … my dream has now come true, “Karthik expressed his happiness.