Saturday, June 02, 2012

Why do Indian kids dominate the US Spelling Bee?

After spelling the word “Guetapens,” Snigdha Nandipati wasn’t sure what to do or expect. She blinked and looked to both sides before the sparkling confetti fluttered down over her hair and face. Then the smile broke, as the 14-year-old Indian American from California finally registered that she was the 2012 Scripps Spelling Bee champion.

In second place was another 14-year-old, Stuti Mishra from Florida, followed by Arvind Mahankali, a 12-year-old from New York, in third. Like Snigdha, the two runners-up are Indian American children.

This was also the fifth straight year that an Indian American had won the Spelling Bee, and the tenth time in the last 14 years.

A couple of weeks ago, there was a similar scene at the 24th National Geography Bee in Washington, D.C., where Indian American kids took the top four positions. In first place was Rahul Nagvekar, 14, an eighth-grader from Texas, who won a $25,000 college scholarship, lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, and a trip for two to the Galapagos Islands on an expedition aboard the National Geographic Endeavour. Full story...

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