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Indian-American on top

india Updated: Jun 05, 2010 23:14 IST
Anirudh Bhattacharyya
Anirudh Bhattacharyya
Hindustan Times
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The American Heritage Medical Dictionary’s definition for it is: “An instrument for measuring the quantity of blood that flows per unit of time through a blood vessel.”

That word is stromuhr.

And having spelt that word, Anamika Veeramani, a 14-year-old Indian-American from North Royalton in the state of Ohio became the 10th Indian American to win the coveted Scripps National Spelling Bee.

And her win makes it a hatrick for the community at the National Spelling Bee, with Indian Americans kids bagging the crown three years in a row.

The 2009 competition was won by Kavya Shivashankar from Kansas, who was preceded by Sameer Mishra from Indiana in 2008.

In winning the Bee, Veeramani, a fan of the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team, who wants to be a cardiovascular surgeon, gathered a bounty in prizes — a $ 30,000 cast prize from Scripps, as well as additional prizes from Merriam-Webster, Encyclopeadia Britannica, and the Sgima Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation.

Veeramani has trained in both Indian classical music and dance. She was placed fifth during the 2009 Spelling Bee.

In fact, the Indian American dominance of the spelling bee has become so associated with the community’s success, that US President Barack Obama actually mentioned that he had met Anamika Veeramani at the White House the same day he attended a reception held at the State Department in honour of External Affairs Minister SM Krishna at the conclusion of the inaugural US-India Strategic Dialogue in Washington on Thursday.

The National Spelling Bee is an iconic American competition, that started in 1925 and is widely followed especially since it is nationally televised in the United States.