Indian American wins epic spelling bee

3/11/2014
  • After a 2-week 90-round gruelling battle, a 13-year-old Indian American student Kush Sharma finally broke a tie in a local county contest to go to the National Spelling Bee competition.
  • The Indian champ Saturday faced his 11-year-old adversary Sophia Hoffman again to resume the Jackson County Spelling Bee in Kansas City, Missouri, that had ended in a tie Feb 22 when the judges ran out of words.
  • The two had eliminated 23 other contestants and went another 47 rounds against each other in their previous encounter, according to the newspaper Kansas City Star.
  • Indian-Americans have dominated the contest over the years. New York student Arvind Mahankali won the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
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