We Have A Champion!

Posted on Posted in 2011

On June 2, 2011, Sukanya Roy was crowned the 84th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion!!


Sukanya Roy and Anamika Veeramani (2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion) met with President Barack Obama on Thursday.


We would also like to congratulate all of the other finalists and competitors for a wonderful performance! This year’s bee was a very exciting one! Each speller, with their unique quirks, captivated the audience and added to the enthrallment of the bee.

Laura Newcombe, a very strong contender, was unfortunately tripped up by sorites, after adding an extra ‘p‘ in the beginning. Laura is the third Canadian, after Finola Hackett (2006) and Nate Gartke (2007), to place 2nd at the National Spelling Bee. A Remarkable Job, Laura!!

Arvind Mahankali and Joanna Ye tied for 3rd place. Joanna was incredible, but was ultimately tripped up by the French word galoubet. Arvind Mahankali, a mere 6th grader, was a bit of a comedian on stage and expressed his realization of Jugendstil by informing the audience, “Ahhh!! A silent letter.” Arvind still has two more years of eligibility, and upon his prospective return next year, he will be the highest ranked returning speller.

Other spellers we look forward to seeing next year:

Veronica Penny

Grace Remmer

Emily Keaton

Rahul Malayappan

Nabeel Rahman

Sriram Hathwar

Nicholas Rushlow

Samuel Estep

… among many others!

To those spellers who competed this year and are eligible for next year’s bee, keep your head up and persevere. The Bee is a great experience, and there are many lessons to learn from them. As Josephine writes in her previous blog, “the interesting thing about defeats is that if you choose to embrace them, they will always take you somewhere.” And to those who are ineligible, we hope you have had an unforgettable experience. The life lessons you have learned through your preparation and through competing in the bee will carry you far in life.

So Good Luck everyone! Good Luck to all of the spellers looking to compete for a spot in next year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee! And Good Luck to this year’s retiring spellers who are looking ahead towards a bright future!

4 thoughts on “We Have A Champion!

  1. Hi Kavya, Josephine, and Mr. Shivashankar!

    I was speller #260 in the Bee this year and I had a wonderful time!

    I avidly follow your blog and can’t wait until your next post!


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