Continuing its quest for the best speller in the community, the 2016 MetLife South Asian Spelling Bee traveled to Chicago June 25 and Seattle June 26, a Touchdown Media press release reported. 

With a huge turnout this year, the Bee attracted some top talent as well as young and new spellers that competed for the coveted prizes and titles.

In the Chicago regional, Jashun Paluru, 11, of West Lafayette, Ind., was the regional champion. Anmol Dash, 11, of Buffalo Grove, Ill., was the first runner-up, and Tara Singh, 11, of Louisville, Ky., was the second runner-up.

In Seattle, Ayush Noori, 13, of Issaquah, Wash., was named the regional champion. Tony Punnacherry, 11, of Renton, Wash., was the first runner-up, while Anshita Saini, 12, of Bellevue, Wash., was the second runner-up.

This year, the Bee is proudly presented by Britannia Industries Limited, India’s leading food company and marketer of cookies, dairy products and bread. Kawan, the world’s most popular roti paratha brand, returns as the powered by sponsor. As always, SONY Entertainment Television Asia is the exclusive broadcast partner for the MetLife South Asian Spelling Bee and will air the series across 120 countries.

Organized by Touchdown Media Inc., the South Asian Spelling Bee will be conducted at a total of 12 locations across the U.S. All events are free to attend and open to the public. Accra, Ghana was announced as the 13th center from where spellers of South Asian descent can qualify for the finals.

The event is open to children of South Asian descent up to 14 years of age. It gives South Asian children a chance to test their spelling skills in their core peer group.

The top two spellers of each regional will advance to the finals, which will be held in New Jersey in August. Similar to previous years, MetLife has once again funded the $10,000 champion’s grand prize that will be awarded to the winner at the finals.

For a complete schedule, more information and to register your child, please visit: www.SouthAsianSpellingBee.com.

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