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The only speller who didn’t hear it: Arvind Mahankali, a 13-year-old eighth-grader from Bayside Hills, N.Y., won finally won after finishing third, third and ninth in the previous three years.
His winning word: “knaidel,” a small mass of leavened dough — appropriate, given that he collected $30,000 for the win.
He defeated Pranav Sivakumar, a 13-year-old eighth-grader from Tower Lakes, Ill., who incorrectly spelled “cyanophycean” (a blue-green alga).
It marked the sixth consecutive year that a teenager of South Asian descent won the Scripps National Spelling Bee championship and the first time since 2008 that a boy took the title.
Knaidel is a German-derived word, and when it was given to Mahankali, the crowd groaned given the history: Mahankali was eliminated in 2011 and 2012 on German words. On Thursday, he correctly spelled “dehnstufe” late in the finals, then won with knaidel.
True. He is an American first. Media is amazing. Indirectly they never fail to mention the heritage of the achievers.
Originally posted by camaro68ss
I like how they bring race into the picture, South Asian descent. Whatever happend to just being an american? why does the color of his skin matter? Its kind of like Reverse racialism