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May 31, 2019 14:11
7 Indian Origin Students Among 8 Win Scripps National Spelling Bee

(Image source from: Hindustan Times)

Scripps National Spelling Bee has declared the seven Indian origin students as winners of the prestigious competition, taking home more than USD 50,000 in cash and prizes, after defeating over 550 other contestants in an unprecedented competition in the United States.

It is the first time in the 94-year history of the competition, more than two co-champions have been named.

Navneeth Murali, 13, of Edison; Rishik Gandhasri, 13, of California; Saketh Sundar, 13, of Maryland; Shruthika Padhy, 13, of New Jersey; Sohum Sukhatankar, 13, of Texas; Abhijay Kodali, 12, of Texas; Rohan Raja, 13, of Texas; Christopher Serrao, 13, of New Jersey and Erin Howard, 14, of Alabama were named as co-champions, The Washington Post reported Friday.

Each will receive the full winner's prize of USD 50,000 in cash.

The six boys and two girls combined to spell the final 47 words correctly over five consecutive perfect rounds.

The competition, broadcast nationally on ESPN, took place at the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, Maryland.

The competition kicked off Tuesday with its biggest field ever. The 565 contestants ranged in age from 7 to 14 and came from across the United States and several other countries, including Canada, Ghana, and Jamaica.

"Champion spellers, we are in uncharted territory," official pronouncer Jacques Bailly said.

"We do have plenty of words remaining on our list, but we'll soon run out of words that can possibly challenge you, the most phenomenal assemblage of super spellers in the history of this competition," Bailly said.

The National Bee is a high-profile, high-pressure endurance test, on which spellers spend months preparing for it.

By Sowmya Sangam

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