Six Indian-origin students are among the eight participants who won the prestigious Scripps National Spelling Bee, taking home more than USD 50,000 in cash and prizes, after defeating over 550 other contestants in an unprecedented competition in the US.It is the first time in the 94-year history of the competition that more than two co-champions have Rishik Gandhasri, 13, of California; Saketh Sundar, 13, of Maryland; Shruthika Padhy, 13, of New Jersey; Sohum Sukhatankar, 13, of Texas; Abhijay Kodali, 12, of Texas; Rohan Raja, 13, of Texas; Christopher Serrao, 13, of New Jersey and Erin Howard, 14, of Alabama were named as co-champions, The Washington Post reported on Friday.Each will receive the full winner’s prize of USD 50,000 in cash.
The six boys and two girls combined to spell the final 47 words correctly over five consecutive perfect rounds.The competition, broadcast nationally on ESPN, took place at the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, Maryland.It kicked off on Tuesday with its biggest field ever. The 565 contestants ranged in age from 7 to 14 and came from across the US and several other countries, including Canada, Ghana and Jamaica.
“Champion spellers, we are in uncharted territory,” official pronouncer Jacques Bailly said.“We do have plenty of words remaining on our list, but we’ll soon run out of words that can possibly challenge you, the most phenomenal assemblage of super spellers in the history of this competition,” Bailly said.The National Bee is a high-profile, high-pressure endurance test as much as a nerd spelling match and spellers spend months preparing for ithighlightsICC World Cup 2019: England beat South Africa by 104 runs in openerEngland got the cricket world cup underway with a win against South Africa at the Oval. Out for a duck with just one run on the scoreboard, it was a start to forget for Jonny Bairstow.PlayUnmuteInterestingly, Archer, who made his World Cup debut, proved Tendulkar right barely a few minutes after his comments. Archer picked up three wickets in 7 overs to peg South Africa back in the chase.Tendulkar’s next pick was Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan. “Apart from Archer, I’m very keen to watch Rashid Khan. I believe he’s going to be instrumental in Afghanistan’s success in this World Cup,” said Tendulkar.The little master also had a special advice for Rashid. “If there’s one advise that I’d want to give him that would be to treat this like Test cricket. Even in T20s he gets wickets because batsmen don’t pick him from his hand and if he can continue to do that and force the batsman to play bad shots then he’s going to be a handful,” Tendulkar added.Speaking about his commentary debut, Tendulkar said he was delighted to be back.“I know, I am having the same feeling I had in Pakistan in 1989. Now it’s 2019, I am having the same feeling. 30 years down the line. I have a microphone in hand, not a cricket bat.