Six Indian Origin students have won Scripps National Spelling Bee competitions for the first time in its 94 year history. More than two champions have been named for the first time. This year there are six Indian Origin students out of the eight students who have won the competition.
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.
All the winners will be taking more than USD 50,000 in cash and prizes after defeating 550 other contestants in this unique competition in the US.
“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,” official pronouncer Jacques Bailly said.
The winners, six boys and 2 girls combined, spelled the last 47 words correctly over the five consequent rounds. Ranging between the ages 7 and 14, the 565 participants came from across the US and several other countries, including Canada, Ghana and Jamaica.