“Stromuhr” Wins it for Cleveland Teen at Spelling Bee

A 14-year-old from a Cleveland suburb has been declared champion at the 83rd Scripps National Spelling Bee held in the ballroom of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington. Anamika Veeramani, an eighth-grader from North Royalton, correctly spelled “Stromuhr” to beat three others who tied for second.

Veeramani is the third-successive Indian-American champion of the National Spelling Bee and the eighth in the last 12 years. Veeramani, who wants to go to Harvard and become a cardiovascular surgeon, also made some sort of history as she ended a long drought for Ohio at the Spelling Bee. The state last won the event in 1964.

Veeramani reached the final round after her closest competitors–Adrian Gunawan, Elizabeth Platz, Shantanu Srivatsa–failed to spell their assigned words in the previous round. Veeramani took home the winner’s trophy and at least $40,000 in cash prizes. Her parents also promised to give her a cell phone and “basically anything I want.”