Indian American Girl New US Spelling Champion

May 29, 2009 at 9:53 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment

Indian American girl Kavya Shivashankar,13, correctly spelt Laodicean, and won her way to be crowned the new US spelling Champion. A record number of 293 contestants in the age group of 9-15 years including 28 from countries other than US and 33 who speak English as their second language took part in the Spelling Bee competition held in the Washington Auditorium

Kavya, who comes from Kansas, had made the top 10 in each of her previous three appearances at the bee.

She was the seventh Indian American to win the contest in the past 11 years and took home a $30,000 (£18,500) cash prize, several reference collections and a large trophy.

“I can’t believe it happened, it feels kind of unreal,” said Kavya, who had traced each word on her hand as she spelled it.

And her mother, Mirle, said the day was a “dream come true”.

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