(PTI) Washington, Ta. 29
Six of the final 11 contestants in this year’s US Spelling Bee competition are of Indian origin. It is worth noting that for the last 20 years, students of Indian origin have dominated this competition.
The finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee Final will be held on July 7. In which a total of 11 students will participate out of which 9 will be Indian-Americans. Significantly, even though the number of Indians is less than 1% of the total population of the United States, but for the last 20 years, Indians have been dominating this competition.
The last 11 students include 18-year-old Roy Seligman, 18-year-old Bhavna Medini, 18-year-old Srinath Gajula, 18-year-old Ashrita Gandhari, 12-year-old Avni Joshi, 18-year-old Jaila Avant, 10-year-old Vivinsha Vedaru, 19-year-old Vivi, 18-year-old among them 16-year-old Akshini Kamma and 18-year-old Chaitra Thumumla.
The competition was canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, in 2012 eight contestants were declared winners in this competition. Seven of them were Indian-Americans. At the same time, the number of Indian-American winners has increased from 12 to 6.