Kavya Shivashankar wins Spelling Bee

Kavya Shivashankar won the 82nd National Spelling Bee 2008 in Washington, DC, a few minutes ago. It was a very good show.The last word she said was “Laodicean“.

This was her fourth appearance in the bee. I liked the way she wrote the word on her palm with her finger before spelling it out aloud.

Kavya Shivshankar wins the Spelling Bee

Kavya Shivshankar wins the Spelling Bee

Kavya spelling out a word

Kavya spelling out a word

In this AP article,

Kavya was making her fourth appearance at the bee, having finishing 10th, eighth and fourth over the last three years. She enjoys playing the violin, bicycling, swimming and learning Indian classical dance, and her role model is Nupur Lala, the 1999 champion featured in the documentary “Spellbound.”

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On a related note, it is also the seventh time in the last decade that American kids of Indian origin have won the title. Previous winners include Nupur Lala (1999), George Thampy (2000), Pratyush Buddiga (2002), Sai Gunturi (2003), Anurag Kashyap (2005) and Sameer Mishra (2008). The first American of Indian origin to win the Bee was Balu Natarajan, followed by Rageshree Ramachandran in 1987.

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