The Scripps National Spelling Bee recently announced the list of state spelling champions who will travel to Washington, D.C., to take part in the annual spelling championship competition.
The spelling bee, which has been won by an Indian American each year dating back to 2008, including co-winners in the past three years, features a plethora of Indian Americans vying for the spelling title.
This year’s possibility of co-winners is far less likely as the competition will use a test to break ties. Spellers will sit for a written tiebreaker test before they begin spelling words in the primetime finale, with results revealed only if two or three spellers get through the entire final round (see India-West article here).
At least 75 of the 291 spellers who will compete at the national contest are of Indian or South Asian origin. Among the spellers competing at the May 31 to June 1 competition are Sharanya Pastapur of Lake Zurich, Ill.; Aashray Mandala of Grand Haven, Mich.; Shaheer Imam of Catonsville, Md.; Dhruv Kaderu of Fishkill, N.Y.; Asha Chauhan of Elmwood Park, N.J.; Nikil Shyamsunder of Winchester, Va.; and Aditya Chezhiyan of Bristow, Va.
Also competing are Vasundara Govindarajan of Miami, Fla.; Sohum Sukhatankar of Allen, Texas; Rohan Sachdev of Cary, N.C.; and Shantanu Edgaonkar of Tokyo, Japan, who schools at the Global Indian International School.
Other Indian Americans and South Asian Americans include Tanay Nandan of Short Hills, N.J.; Ashwin Prasad of Carmel, Ind.; Ria Sai of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Ishaan Akula of Morganville, N.J.; Varad Mulay of Novi, Mich.; Vithul Ravivarma of Sammamish, Wash.; Sameera Hussain of Porterville, Calif.; Samhita Kumar of Gold River, Calif.; and Shreeta Vachhani of Bourbonnais, Ill.
Additional competitors include Chinmay Bapat of Audubon, Pa.; Hanna Ghouse of Kenosha, Wis.; Adith Joshua George of Sidney, Ohio; Mira Dedhia of Western Springs, Ill.; Vanya Virmani of Fredericton, New Brunswick; Arin Bhandari of West Haven, Ct.; Haris Rana of Fort Smith, Ark.; Arsh Shah of Palm Harbor, Fla.; Paarth Tara of Mebane, N.C.; and Krutik Patel of Rocky Mount, N.C.
Additional Indian American and South Asian American contestants include Sahil Langote of New Castle, Del.; Shrinidhi Gopal of San Ramon, Calif.; Mia Ashriem of Brook Park, Ohio; Manjeet Nirula of Silver Spring, Md.; Tejas Muthusamy of Glen Allen, Va.; Siddhant Sharma of Downingtown, Pa.; Nikhil Lahiri of Painted Post, N.Y.; Sravanth Malla of Haverstraw, N.Y.; Samuel Thomas of South Bend, Ind.; and Sreeniketh Vogoti of Saint Johns, Fla.
Also moving on to the national competition are Akilan Sankaran of Albuquerque, N.M.; Harshita Shet of White Plains, N.Y.; Neil Dave of Lakeland, Fla.; Aditya Badlani of Oak Brook, Ill.; Saketh Sundar of Elkridge, Md.; Surya Dodia of Naples, Fla.; Rutvik Gandhasri of San Jose, Calif.; Akshansh Ajay Kumar of Kitchener, Ontario; Raksheet Kota of Katy, Texas; Reshmi Balakrishnan of Fairfax, Va.; Siyona Mishra of Orlando, Fla.; and Tara Singh of Louisville, Ky.
Naysa Modi of Monroe, La.; Ashrita Gandhari of North Andover, Mass.; Abhiram Kapaganty of Suwanee, Ga.; Tanvi Rakesh of Florence, Ky.; Riya Joshi of Chicago, Ill.; Srivatsav Vuppala of Perrysburg, Ohio; Rohan Rajeev of Edmond, Okla.; Anmol Bhatia of Greenbrook, N.J.; Jashun Paluru of West Lafayette, Ind.; and Rishubh Kaushal of Sterling, Va., will also be in D.C. for the competition.
Additionally, Ishreet Lehal of Terre Haute, Ind.; Shourav Dasari of Spring, Texas; Anika Gundlapalli of Odessa, Texas; Rishi Padmanabhan of Tampa, Fla.; Alex Iyer of San Antonio, Texas; Ananya Vinay of Fresno, Calif.; Nabil Zaman of Saginaw, Mich.; Samuel Paul of Collierville, Tenn.; Akshra Paimagam of Charlotte, N.C.; Shruthika Padhy of Cherry Hill, N.J.; Srikar Chamarthi of Odessa, Texas; Devesh Shah of Wheeling, W.V.; and Aisha Randhawa of Corona, Calif., will be competing for the title.
The 291 spellers come from roughly 11 million spellers who started the competition at local levels.