Press Esc to close
Sunday 02 August 2015
News updated at 11:21 PM IST
Weather
Max: 32°C
Min : 20°C
In Bengaluru
Rain lightly

Indian-American wins Spelling Bee for sixth straight year

Washington, May 31, 2013 (PTI)
Arvind Mahankali, 13, of Bayside Hills, N.Y., holds the championship trophy after he won the National Spelling Bee by spelling the word 'knaidel' correctly on Thursday, May 30, 2013, in Oxon Hill, Md. AP Image

Arvind Mahankali from New York has scripted history by winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee for the year 2013, becoming the sixth Indian-American to win the title in a row.

"The words were extremely hard. It means that I am retiring in a  good mood," Arvind said immediately after winning the prestigious national championship.

This is the sixth consecutive year that an Indian American has won the prestigious national tournament, which was watched live by millions of people in the United States.
A grade eight student, Arvind, 13, loves maths and science and plans to pursue a career as a physicist.

Arvind, this year, made his fourth consecutive trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. He had finished ninth in 2010 and third place in both 2011 and 2012.

A speaker of Telugu and Spanish, Arvind enjoys tennis, basketball and drama, and counts Novak Djokovic and Shaquille O'Neal among his favorite athletes.

Last three contestants were Indian Americans -- Pranav Shivakumar from Illinois, Sriram Hathwar from New York; and Arvind Mahankali from New York. PTI LKJ AGL AGL


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Kids testing ice cream cone on the occasion of 'Friendship day'...

Kids testing ice cream cone on the occasion of 'Friendship day'...

A girl takes selfie with her friends on the occasion of 'Friendship day' near UB City in Bengaluru..

A girl takes selfie with her friends on the occasion of 'Friendship day' near UB City in Bengaluru..

'Suravi Odissi dance students presenting Odissi dance at the Naman, a festival of Odissi dance...

'Suravi Odissi dance students presenting Odissi dance at the Naman, a festival of Odissi dance...

A view of a flooded road on the banks of river Ganga, pictured after heavy monsoon rains...

A view of a flooded road on the banks of river Ganga, pictured after heavy monsoon rains...

Actor Kangana Ranaut walks the ramp as the showstopper for designer Manav Gangwani...

Actor Kangana Ranaut walks the ramp as the showstopper for designer Manav Gangwani...

A stray dog takes the support of a woman to cross a flooded street in Kolkata on Sunday...

A stray dog takes the support of a woman to cross a flooded street in Kolkata on Sunday...

School children pay tribute to former President APJ Abdul Kalam at Jodhpur...

School children pay tribute to former President APJ Abdul Kalam at Jodhpur...

A pair of squirrel in New Delhi on Sunday...

A pair of squirrel in New Delhi on Sunday...

A pair of Myna in New Delhi on Sunday...

A pair of Myna in New Delhi on Sunday...

Players in action during a Pro Kabaddi League match between Daband Delhi (Red) and U Mumbai...

Players in action during a Pro Kabaddi League match between Daband Delhi (Red) and U Mumbai...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523