Tuesday, 7 June 2011


Sukanya Roy is the champion at the 84th Scripps National Spelling Bee competition on June 3rd, out of 275 spellers. Sukanya, Indian-American origin, an eighth-grader at Abington Heights Middle School, South Abington, Pennsylvania, took the top place when she correctly spelled the word 'cymotrichous' – which relates to wavy hair. Sukanya, 14, took home more than $40,000 in cash and prizes. Sukanya knew as soon as she heard "cymotrichous" that she'd get the word right and win the championship Thursday night. "My heart started pounding, I guess," she said. "I couldn't believe it. It's just amazing. It's hard to put into words."
Commonly called the National Spelling Bee, is a highly competitive annual spelling bee contest in the United States, with participants from other countries as well. The National Spelling Bee was formed in 1925 as a consolidation of numerous local spelling bees. The bee is held in late May and/or early June of each year. It is open to students who have not yet completed the eighth grade, reached their 15th birthday, nor won a previous National Spelling Bee. Its goal is educational: not only to encourage children to perfect the art of spelling, but also to help enlarge their vocabularies and widen their knowledge of the English language. "Bee" refers to "a gathering", where people join together in an activity.

A very excited Sukanya. Congratulations!

1 comment:

Vasumathi said...

I can't help but admire her gorgeous smile ! :) reminds me of a quote..

'I have never seen a smiling face that is not beautiful'