South Asian Spelling Bee hosts 5 regional competitions

Dallas regional champion Pranav Nandakumar, third from left, with first runner up, Hepzibah Sujoe.

The South Asian Spelling Bee traveled to California, Maryland, North Carolina, Washington, D.C. and New Jersey last month, attracting some top talent as well as young and new spellers that competed for the coveted prizes and titles.

In the Bay Area, Nidhi Vadlamudi of Santa Clara, California, was the regional champ and Vayun Krishna of Sunnyvale, California was the first runner up. In Washington, D.C., Aryan Nindra of Leesburg, Virginia and Nilla Rajan of Chillicothe, Ohio, were named co-champions.

In Charlotte, Maya Jadhav from Fitchburg, Wisconsin was the regional champ and Ekansh Rastogi of Heathrow, Florida was the first runner up, while in Dallas, Pranav Nandakumar of Austin, Texas was the regional champ and Hepzibah Sujoe of Fort Worth, Texas was the first runner up.

In New Jersey, Navneeth Murali of Edison, New Jersey was the regional champ and Advitiya Jadhav of Princeton Junction, New Jersey was the first runner up.

The event is open to children of South Asian descendants up to 14 years of age. It will give South Asian children a chance to test their spelling skills in their core peer group.

South Asian Spelling Bee hosts 5 regional competitions

New Jersey regional winners: regional champion Navneeth Murali, left, with first runer-up Advitiya Jadhav.

Interested spellers need their parent or guardian to register them online at: Organized by Touchdown Media Inc., the South Asian Spelling Bee is celebrating its 12 the anniversary this year.

“For the past 12 years, the Bee has consistently provided a firm platform for the community to come together and hone their craft. It’s become a family activity that contributes towards the overall development of the child. We are proud to have concluded our 12th consecutive year with wonderful spellers,” said Rahul Walia, founder of the South Asian Spelling Bee and CEO of Touchdown Media Inc.

The top two spellers of each regional competition advance to the finals to be held in New Jersey on Aug. 8 and the championship prize is $3,000.

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