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At US Spelling Bee, 9 of 11 finalists are Indian-American kids

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  • The final round will be held on July 8

Washington: They have got their spellings right! In yet another show of excellence, nine Indian-American children have made it to the finals of the prestigious US Spelling Bee contest this year. What makes this even more commendable is the fact that there are 11 finalists in total.

The preliminary round was held on June 12, while the quarterfinals were held on June 15 and the semi-finals on June 27. The final round of the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee will be held on July 8.

The nine are Bhavana Madini (13) fron New York, Sreethan Gajula (14) from North Carolina, Ashrita Gandhari (14) from Virginia, Avani Joshi (13) from  Illinois, Vivinsha Veduru (10) from Texas, Dhroov Bharatia (12) from Dallas, Vihaan Sibal (12) from Texas, Akshainie Kamma (13) from Texas and Chaitra Thummala (12) from San Fransisco. The others are Roy Seligman (12) from The Bahamas and Zaila Avant-garde (14) from New Orleans.

For two decades now, Indian-Americans have dominated the Spelling Bee contest. In 2019, seven out of eight co-champions were from the community. Last year, the contest had to be cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

 

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