Thursday 17 April 2014
News updated at 10:14 AM IST
Weather
Max: 34.6°C
Min : 22.4°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

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
An anti-government protester with her face painted in the colors of Venezuela's flag with the...

An anti-government protester with her face painted in the colors of Venezuela's flag with the...

Rescue boats sail around the South Korean passenger ship 'Sewol' which sank, during their rescue...

Rescue boats sail around the South Korean passenger ship 'Sewol' which sank, during their rescue...

A masked penitent takes part in the procession of the 'Santa Veracruz'' brotherhood, during Holy...

A masked penitent takes part in the procession of the 'Santa Veracruz'' brotherhood, during Holy...

Printer Jose Lomeli holds newspaper printing plates for the first copies of the inaugural Los...

Printer Jose Lomeli holds newspaper printing plates for the first copies of the inaugural Los...

A city worker helps clear away debris caused by recent earthquakes in Nagarote, Nicaragua...

A city worker helps clear away debris caused by recent earthquakes in Nagarote, Nicaragua...

A search worker uses a dog to help look through a pile of debris, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at...

A search worker uses a dog to help look through a pile of debris, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at...

Catherine (L), Duchess of Cambridge, waves to residents as she walks with local official Miranda...

Catherine (L), Duchess of Cambridge, waves to residents as she walks with local official Miranda...

A green sea turtle lies inside a container after being treated for injuries at the University at...

A green sea turtle lies inside a container after being treated for injuries at the University at...

A three-month-old Bengal white tiger cub is seen inside its enclosure at the Buenos Aires' Zoo...

A three-month-old Bengal white tiger cub is seen inside its enclosure at the Buenos Aires' Zoo...

An Alfa Romeo 4C is pictured at a media event at the Jacob Javits Convention Center during the...

An Alfa Romeo 4C is pictured at a media event at the Jacob Javits Convention Center during the...

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