The Indian spell continues

Published on May 29, 2015 10:35:48 AM

Indians shined bright at Scripps National Spelling Bee 2015 finals that were held at Oxon Hill, Maryland on Thursday.

In the toughest spelling challenge, Vanya Shivashankar and Gokul Venkatachalam emerged as co-champions from a flawless final round.

Vanya, 13, of Olathe, Kansas and Gokul, 14, from Chesterfield, Missouri, ended up in tie and were declared co-winners after the dramatic and on the edge round.

The decision was drawn, because there weren’t enough words left on the list for the contestants to keep them in a face off challenge and declare one as winner, so joint winners were announced.

Vanya accurately spelled the word "scherenschnitte" and Gokul spelled the word "nunatak” in right way.

The two eighth graders competed marvelously and both of them took part in Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2014 also. Last year, Gokul came to top third position.

It’s a second time in a row that the spelling championship had ended in tie. Sriram Hathwar, 12, and Ansun Sujoe were the co-champions of 2014.

In this year’s spelling bee competition, out of 49 semi-finalists, 25 were of Indian origin. This showed another instance where Indian origin people gave a toughest competition and continued dominance in the contest.