Arvind Mahankali

2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion and South Asian Spelling Bee alumni Arvind Mahankali is seen with Rahul Walia, founder of the South Asian Spelling Bee.

Touchdown Media Inc. June 11 announced the launch of the seventh season of the MetLife South Asian Spelling Bee, to be conducted in 12 locations across the United States starting June 14.

The Bee kicks off with two events in California. The Los Angeles regionals will take place June 14 at Biola University in La Mirada, while the Bay Area regionals will be held June 15 at Chabot College in Hayward.

Other regional-level events will be held in Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Seattle, Atlanta, Orlando, Washington D.C. Metro, New Jersey, New York and Boston. All events will be free to attend and open to the public.

The Bee is open to children of South Asian descent up to 14 years of age.

Each competition will begin with a written test of 25 words. The participants must spell 15 or more words correctly to advance to the afternoon oral round, which will be supervised by experienced pronouncers and judges. The top three contestants in the oral round will receive prize money.

The top two spellers of each regional competition will advance to the finals to be held in New Jersey in August. Title sponsor MetLife has funded the $10,000 champion’s scholarship that will be awarded to the winner at the finals.

“This year is special to us not only because it’s our seventh year, but also because two of our alumni were named co-champions at the Scripps Bee, sealing our community’s dominance in this craft.

“We are happy and excited to embark on yet another quest to seek the best speller from our community. The Bee has become a critical platform for the youth and we aspire to continue this effort year after year,” said Rahul Walia, CEO of Touchdown Media Inc. and founder of the South Asian Spelling Bee.

The competition will be broadcast on Sony Entertainment Television Asia in over 120 countries.

For a complete schedule, registration and other information, visit

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