Indian children monopolized in Spelling Bee championship
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New York sources stated that for the 11th consecutive year, Indian origin children have monopolized the National Spelling Bee crown with Karthik Nemmani winning the 2018 championship, beating out five others in the last rounds. Accordingly Nemmani, a 14 year old eighth grader from Texas, spelt “koinonia” correctly for his victory on Thursday night after second place winner, 12 year old Naysa Modi, got “bewusstseinslage” wrong.
Previously the Indian origin Venkat Ranjan, won the National Geographic Bee, which carries a $50,000 scholarship, beating out two others. Meanwhile the second and third places in the contest, which tests knowledge of geography, were won by Anoushka Buddhikot and Vishal Sareddy.
Furthermore this year 515 contestants participated in the National Spelling Bee championship, the biggest number so far because of rule changes that widened the pool beyond the local champions and also included those without sponsors, who are usually newspapers. Moreover the contest held in Oxon Hill near Washington was televised nationally on the sports channel ESPN.