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Girls dominate US Bee quiz, Indian 4th

Three Indian American students had earlier cakewalked their way into the finals.

india Updated: Jun 03, 2006 15:14 IST

A 13-year-old girl from New Jersey, Katharine, has won the Spelling Bee contest, while Indian American Rajiv Tarigopula finished fourth.

Katharine won the contest on late Thursday night after rattling off the word 'ursprache', which means 'a parent language', in an extremely tight competition.

Before this word, the eighth grader was also asked to spell a Sanskrit origin word, 'kundalini', which landed her to the winning word.

"I couldn't believe it. I knew how to spell the word and I was just in shock," said Katharine, when asked how she felt being the champion after the judges declared her the winner following 20 rounds of spelling.

"I couldn't believe I would win," she said.

Kerry proved that perseverance indeed pays in the long run as it was her fifth straight final at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Earlier, she tied for seventh place in the 2005 national finals.

Kerry walked home with more than $42,000 in cash and prizes, including an engraved trophy cup. The runner-up was a Canadian girl Finola Mei Hwa Hackett, 14, who sailed through all rounds with ease but stumbled on 'weltschmerz'.

The third place also went to a girl, Saryn Hooks, 14, from West Alexander Middle School in Taylorsville, NC.

She was disqualified earlier in the evening, and then returned to the competition after the judges corrected their mistake. Saryn fumbled on 'icteritious', which means 'of a jaundiced color'.

Indian American Rajiv Tarigopula, 13, an eighth-grader from St Louis, Missouri bagged the fourth position again this year.