Spelling Bee Winner Bio:
Spelling Bee Winner Anamika Veeramani, 14, is the 83rd winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee contest that was held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Washington D.C. and broadcast live by ABC on Friday night. Out of the 274 contestants only 10 remained for Friday night’s championship round. According to examiner.com, when asked whether she had studied the winning word, “stromuhr,” before, Veeramani said, “Yeah; I had studied that word.”
Veeramani, from North Royalton, Ohio, will receive a total of $40,000 in cash and prizes. Veeramani gave credit to her family and a teacher at her school for her victory. Veeramani said her mother helped her with her words, and her younger brother, who is good at geography, helped her with geographic words. As for her future goals, she said that she wants to write books, get into Harvard and be a cardiovascular surgeon.
Top 10 Finalists: Did Your State Make It?:
Spelling Bee Winner Anamika Veeramani wasn’t the only one to have to go through a grueling list of words and the pressure of being on national TV. The following is a sample of the top 10 spelling bee contestants, their home states, and the difficult words that tripped them up:
–Aditya Chemudupaty, 13, of Pearland. Misspelled engysseismology and tied for 9th place.
–Joanna Ye, 13, of Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She misspelled tailleur and tied for 5th place.
For a complete list of the top 10 finalist of the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee (click here).
2010 Scripps Spelling Bee Tidbits:
1) Spelling bee winner Anamika Veeramani admitted that she did guess at a couple of words during the contest. “Epiphysis” was one and the other was “mirin,” a kind of Japanese wine made from rice.
2) The favorite to become the 2010 spelling bee winner, Tim Ruiter (2009 runner-up), was ousted in the fourth round.
3) Anamika Veeramani became the third consecutive Indian-American spelling bee winner. Interesting note: Even though Indian-Americans comprise less than 1 percent of the U.S. population they have won the trophy in 8 of the past 12 years.
4) Anamika’s father, Alagaiya Veeramani, a civil engineer, attributed his daughter’s spelling bee win to hard work, “This has been her dream for a very, very long time. It’s been a family dream, too,” said Veeramani, according to yahoo.com. He said that his daughter studied as many as 16 hours on some days.
(Why they call this spelling bee the “National Spelling Bee” I have no idea since many of the contestants were from other countries such as Jamaica and Canada).