Continuing their magnificent run at the national level, 14 Indian-Americans have made it to the penultimate round of the US 'Spelling Bee' competition, constituting nearly 35 per cent of this year's semi-finalists.
As many as 14 of the 41 young spelling wizards who made it to the semi final of the Scripps national Spelling Bee champion's trophy are Indian Americans, raising expectations that the top prize would yet again be bagged by one of them.
Prominent among those who made it to the semi finals of the prestigious tournament are Satish Chand, 13, who came out second in last year's finals; three time top 10 finisher Kavya Shivashankar, 13, and Sriram Hathwar who at nine is the bee's youngest contestant for the second consecutive year.
The finals of the national spectacle, to be held in Washington on Thursday night, would be telecast live nationally.
Last year's championship was won by 13 year-old Sameer Mishra from Lafayette in Indiana. Mishra, who won the trophy participating for the first time in the spelling bee competition, took home a cash prize of $35,000.
The word that Mishra spelled to finally win the competition was "guerdon," a term meaning 'something that one has earned or gained'.
Indian-American kids have dominated the competition for the last few years, impressing the audience with their spelling prowess.