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Topic - Arvind Mahankali
Maybe it's the fourth time that's the charm, perhaps it's what 13-year-old Arvind Mahankali calls the "German blessing," or it could just be that the eighth-grader just really knows how to spell. But whatever it was, late Thursday night the teen from Bayside Hills, N.Y., was crowned the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion.
Her final word was an educated term for an ambush, but 14-year-old Snigdha Nandipati handedly dodged any tricks and traps on Thursday, becoming the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion, and fifth Indian-American in a row to nab the title.
It went on and on and on. Five spellers who seemingly had memorized the entire dictionary simply could not be stumped with any word tossed their way. It was getting late, way past bedtime and well beyond the time slot allotted by ESPN for its telecast.
It's what makes the spelling bee such gripping drama. Five competitors were left, and it appeared none of them would ever miss again.
"I was, like, what if they could declare five-way, co-champions?"
"I thought the five spellers were going to be staying on stage for an eternity," Arvind said.