Today Indian-American a 14-year-old boy, Karthik Nemmani won National Spelling Bee Championship and won USD 42,000 in cash and prizes. He became 14th chapion from the community in 11 consecutive years after correctly spelling “koinonia”.
Karthik had a tough competition with Naysa Modi another Indian-American student and have won the competition after numerous rounds against her. Karthik and Naysa, they both were the last two standing of the initial 516 spellers. He was the top speller from 515 contestants at the national bee compared with 291 last year,
Karthik said, "I had confidence, but I didn't think it would really happen," “he knew he would correctly spell the word meaning Christian fellowship or communion as soon as he heard it.” "I wouldn't say I expected it. It was a dream come true."
Karthik have received a trophy and USD 40,000 from the Scripps Bee, a USD 2,500 cash prize (and a complete reference library) from Merriam-Webster, trips to New York and Hollywood as part of a media tour and a pizza party for their school, the Washington Post reported.
The 16 spellers took the stage at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Centre in Maryland for the title of champion.
There were nine girls and seven boys in the 16 finalists ranged from 11 to 14 years of age. In the first round, approximately half of the finalist misspelled their words.
A part from spelling, Karthik loves to play tennis and watching the Chicago Bulls and the Denver Broncos.