Oxon Hill (Maryland, USA), May 31 (LaPresse / AP) – The United States has crowned the new spelling champion. The 13-year-old Arvind Mahankali, an American of Indian descent, is the winner of the 86th edition of the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition.
In the last challenge, the boy correctly spelled the word ‘knaidel’, which derives its origins from German and Yiddish and means a small amount of leavened dough. Arvind, from the city of Bayside Hills, in the State of New York, had finished third in the editions of 2011 and 2012, and both times had been eliminated with words derived from German.
Also this time in the capital he had two words derived from the same language but he, to the delight of the public, was able to spell them without problems. The boy beat eleven other finalists, of which ten had also participated in the competition in previous years. In second place this year was 13-year-old Pranav Sivakumar of Tower Lakes, Illinois.