Bhubaneswar, May 31 (LocalWire): Shruthika Padhy of Odisha has won the prestigious Scripps National Spelling Bee held at the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, Maryland in the US.
The competition was broadcast on ESPN in the US. This is the first time in its 94-year history that more than two co-champions have been named in the most extraordinary ending.
The eight co-champions spelled the final 47 words correctly in their historic walk-off victory, going through five consecutive perfect rounds.
The competition had 20 rounds in an unprecedented 8-way tie in all.
The winners, six boys and two girls from Alabama, California, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Texas, aged from 12 to 14 and dubbed themselves “octo-champs.”
They were Rishik Gandhasri, Erin Howard, Saketh Sundar, Shruthika Padhy, Sohum Sukhatankar, Abhijay Kodali, Christopher Serrao and Rohan Raja.
Out of the eight, six are Indian origin students. Each received the full winner’s prize of $50,000 in cash after defeating over 550 other contestants in an unprecedented competition.
Shruthika’s parents, Umashankar Padhy and Sujata Sabat, are from Odisha. Her father is a graduate from UCE Burla Sambalpur in Electrical Engineering.
She has been a finalist and won multiple local, regional and national spelling bees since she began competing from the kindergarten standard.
She has participated in a variety of spelling and vocabulary competitions at regional and national levels and built an impressive resume over the past years.