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Sukanya Roy wins 2011 Spelling Bee.
« Thread started on: Jun 7th, 2011, 10:58am »
Once again it was time for our community to shine. Six of the top 13 finalist and the champion speller for the year was Asian Indian! Congratulations to all the participants and their family for the dedication to academic excellence. ~Vijay Mehta
Sukanya Roy, 1st place
Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Age 14, 8th grade
School: Abington Heights Middle School
Hometown: South Abington Township, Pennsylvania
Sukanya enjoys hiking, rock climbing and ice skating. She was selected to go to Panama this summer with her schoolís ecology club to learn more about the rain forest. A pianist, Sukanya also plays violin in her schoolís orchestra. She won first place in the individual portion of the Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter Mathcounts Competition. Last summer, she was selected to participate in Jeopardy! Kids Week at the regional level. Sukanya speaks Bengali, and every summer travels to India to visit family. She hopes to pursue a career in international relations. Sukanya participated in the 2009 and 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bees, tying for 12th place in 2009 and 20th place in 2010.
Besides Sukanya there were
Arvind Mahankali, 3rd place tie
Age 11, 6th grade
School: Forest Hills Montessori School
Hometown: Forest Hills, New York
Arvindís favorite school subject is math, and he aspires to be a physicist like his role model, Albert Einstein. Outside of school, Arvind enjoys playing tennis and soccer, reading books and acting. He also enjoys Indian classical music and speaks Telugu. Not one to be shy, Arvind once delivered a monologue performance in front of an audience of 7,000. In 2009 he was a university talent search participant. Arvind tied for 9th place in the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee. His cousin Sanjay Kottapali participated in the 2008 and 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bees.
Dhivya Senthil Murugan, 6th place tie
The Denver Post, Denver, Colorado
Age 10, 5th grade
School: Challenge School
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Dhivya was born in India and speaks Tamil in her home. She is learning Spanish and has regular exposure to Hindi as well. Dhivya participates in her school chess club, math club and Destination Imagination program. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering at a retirement home, doing arts and crafts, drawing, swimming, roller skating and reading. She especially enjoys reading the Harry Potter series. Dhivya is currently taking piano, karate and Indian classical dance lessons.
Sriram Hathwar, 6th place tie
The Leader, Corning, New York
Age 11, 5th grade
School: Chemung Valley Montessori School
Hometown: Painted Post, New York
Sriram enjoys playing oboe and has learned to play several Sanskrit hymns on piano. He spends much of his time participating in sports including skiing, ice-skating, swimming, baseball, basketball, tennis and Ping-Pong. He is an avid reader and especially enjoys the Harry Potter book series. Sriramís favorite school subject is science and he hopes to become an ophthalmologist. He participated in the 2008 and 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bees.
Nabeel Rahman, 10th place tie
The Buffalo News, Buffalo, New York
Age 13, 7th grade
School: Casey Middle School
Hometown: Buffalo, New York
Nabeel has been playing viola for a few years and is a member of his schoolís orchestra. He enjoys competing in intramural sports including soccer, track and field, and basketball. Nabeelís favorite subject is math and he is a Math Olympiad participant. He is an active volunteer and helps with his schoolís food drive and is his homeroom representative for the student activities committee. Nabeel speaks Bengali and loves to travel. In his free time, he enjoys riding his bike and solving Rubikís Cube, which he can do in a few minutes. Nabeel participated in the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Prakash Mishra, 10th place tie
The Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, North Carolina
Age 13, 8th grade
School: Marvin Ridge Middle School
Hometown: Waxhaw, North Carolina
Prakash has written several novels and enjoys reading, especially works by Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe and T.S. Eliot. Prakash speaks five languages, including Hindi, French, German, Spanish and English. He is passionate about academics and especially enjoys learning about history, culture and religion. Prakash studies Tae Kwon Do, plays both piano and drums, and loves to play hacky sack. He is a Junior Beta Club member and the Mega Math Madness first place champion. Prakash participated in the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
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