Nine NRIs make it to US Spelling Bee final

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A total of 11 finalists including the nine Indian-Americans will compete for the champion title…reports Asian Lite News

Nine Indian –Americans have made it to the finals of this year’s US Spelling Bee contest, according to media reports citing organisers.

A total of 11 finalists including the nine Indian-Americans will compete for the champion title during the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee Finals on July 8, a statement from the organisers said, the Hindustan Times quoted news agency PTI in a report.

The 11 finalists are Roy Seligman, 12, from Nassau, The Bahamas; Bhavana Madini, 13, from New York; Sreethan Gajula, 14, from Charlotte, North Carolina; Ashrita Gandhari, 14, from Leesburg, Virginia; Avani Joshi, 13, from Illinois; Zaila Avant-garde, 14, from New Orleans; Vivinsha Veduru, 10, from Texas; Dhroov Bharatia, 12, from Dallas; Vihaan Sibal, 12, from Texas; Akshainie Kamma, 13, from Texas and Chaitra Thummala, 12, from San Francisco.

The HT reported that over the past 20 years, Indian-Americans have been dominating the Spelling Bee contest even though they comprise only about 1 per cent of the US population. The Spelling Bee was cancelled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Spelling Bee reflects the dominance young kids from the small ethnic community have had on this prestigious and high-pressure endurance test for more than a decade now, it was reported.

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