Boring News – Indian Kid Wins Spelling Bee, Again; Sukanya Roy is 2011 Champion

(For SI Blog Reader Gandhiji)

Yawn, Yawn!

Hey, it’s really getting tiresome.

One more Spelling Bee championship and one more Indian American winner.

Yes, an Indian is the winner of the 84th Spelling Bee. 🙂

This time the top honors went to 14-year-old Sukanya Roy, an eighth grade student of the Abington Heights Middle School in Pennsylvania.

Going by her last name, Sukanya is most likely a Bengali.

Sukanya clinched the championship by correctly spelling cymotrichous.

This was Sukanya’s third shot at the championship.

She participated in the 2009 and 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bees, tying for 12th place in 2009 and 20th place in 2010.

Sukanya Roy - 2011 Spelling Bee Champion

Like many of the previous Spelling Bee winners, Sukanya is a multi-faceted personality with a finger in many pies.

Sukanya’s bio on the Spelling Bee site mentions that she enjoys hiking, rock climbing and ice skating. Sukanya was picked to go to Panama this summer with her school’s ecology club to learn more about the rain forest.

A pianist, Sukanya also plays violin in her school’s 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.

Sukanya plans to pursue a career in international relations.

Do we see a future Ambassador to India or Secretary of State in Sukanya? Watch this space.

Five Indian-Americans Among Finalists

Besides Sukanya, there were at least five other Indian-Americans among the finalists this year.

The other Indian-American finalists were:

* Arvind Mahankali, 3rd place tie
* Dhivya Senthil Murugan, 6th place,
* Sriram Hathwar, 6th place tie,
* Mashad Arora, 6th place tie
* Prakash Mishra, 10th place tie.

We’re not sure if Nabeel Rahman, 10th place tie, is Indian or Bangladeshi.

The spellers at the 84th Spelling Bee ranged in age from 8 to 15 years old, but 82% were between the ages of 12 and 14.

Four Times in a Row

This marks the fourth year in a row that Indian-American kids have won the Spelling Bee.

In 2010, the winner was Anamika Veeramani; The 2009 winner was Kavya Shivashankar and in 2008 the champion was Sameer Mishra.

Wanna bet the 2012 Spelling Bee Championshion will be clinched by, who else, an Indian-American again?

Related Stories:
Tamil Girl Anamika Veeramani is 2010 Spelling Bee Champion
Kavya Shivashankar is 2009 Spelling Bee Champion

5 Responses to "Boring News – Indian Kid Wins Spelling Bee, Again; Sukanya Roy is 2011 Champion"

  1. vjcool   June 3, 2011 at 1:33 am

    No wanna bet. As may bee may not bee.

    Spirited Away – review plz Responds:

    1. You write: No wanna bet. As may bee may not bee.

    Good one. 🙂

    2. Spirited Away? Soon!

  2. Twig   June 3, 2011 at 3:33 am

    Off-topic: I need to hear some gaalis. Why don’t you review Ready? Responds:

    Review of Tamil ‘Ready‘:

    Uthamaputhiran Review – Curse From Hell

  3. முனிAndy   June 3, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Nabeel is Bengali.

    4 of those 5 desis are around 11. Dhivya is 10.. so the bench strength is pretty strong. Sukanya, looking timid, took down the cocky 3 time Canadian champion Laura.. who was raving mad after she missed her word, while Sukanya was giggling, while giving a “standing ovation”. It was kind of odd behavior, but she is only 14. Responds:


    • முனிAndy   June 3, 2011 at 10:37 am

      Nabeel is Bangladeshi, I meant to say..

  4. Ganesh Kumar   June 3, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Nothing NEW in this “NEW”S. 😀 Responds:

    Go away.

    We’re in a Very Bad Mood.

    Just returned from Ready.

    Hellishly Awful. 🙁

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