Besting 515 competitors from across the United States, a 14-year-old Indian-American student won the 91st Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Karthik Nemmani, who hails from McKinney, Texas, became this year’s champion after correctly spelling the word “koinonia” on Thursday night. According to Merriam-Webster, the winning word means “Christian fellowship or body of believers.”
More than 20 Indian-American students in 40 spellers competed in the final day of this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee, reaffirming a phenomenal trend for nearly a decade.
About 11 million spellers participated in the competition that kicked off at local levels. Of the 291 contestants that advanced to the national level, at least 75 were Indian-Americans, India West reported.