Indian-American Arvind Mahankali wins spelling bee with word, knaidel

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Indian-American Arvind Mahankali wins spelling bee with word, knaidel

by Ani 1:16 mins

Indian-American Arvind Mahankali wins spelling bee with word, knaidel

by Ani 1:16 mins

Arvind Mahankali, a 13-year-old boy from Bayside Hills, New York, won the Scripps National Spelling Bee by correctly spelling "knaidel," a kind of dumpling. Mahankali, a student at Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School, had finished third in the contest twice before, each time stumbling on German words. This year, the packed auditorium erupted in a standing ovation when he nailed "knaidel," which comes from German-derived Yiddish Mahankali, who wants to become a quantum physicist, defeated 10 other finalists. Asked what he planned to do during his summer vacation, he said he planned to study physics.

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