Champion: $50,000 cash prize from Scripps National Spelling Bee. Commemorative medal. Scripps Cup trophy.
How do you win spelling bee?Spell words on your palm with your finger to help remember the spelling.Take your time when spelling the word. Once you start saying it out loud, you cant make any changes.Try writing the words with your finger when youre practicing for the spelling bee to get used to the motions.
Indian Americans swept the top three spots in 2013, the same as the year before.
Of the 281 whizzes, ages 8 to 15, who will gather on Wednesday and Thursday at a hotel in Oxon Hill, Maryland, almost a quarter have names pointing to South Asian origins. Indian Americans make up only about 1 percent of the U. Their rise as the rock stars of the all-American spelling contest comes from a simple formula: minor league systems, a family focus on education, and hard work, Bee watchers say.
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Thousands of young spellers compete in foundation contests, started by Illinois engineer Ratnam Chitturi in 1989, hoping to advance to U. All of the National Spelling Bee champions since 2008 are North South Foundation veterans, Chitturi said. The foundation has similar contests in essay writing, mathematics, geography and other fields. Founder Rahul Walia said some parents believed his contest was tougher than the National Spelling Bee. A Pew Research Center analysis shows that almost 40 percent of Indian Americans over 25 have advanced degrees, four times the overall U.
He and Lala, the 1999 champion, said it was not all about memorizing words but recognizing patterns and word origins, and knowing other languages. Lala, now 29 and entering medical school, said that National Spelling Bee contestants should just enjoy the experience of being there.
Reporting by Ian Simpson; editing by Gunna Dickson.