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aakash-komarraju-web.jpgAakash Komarraju | 4th Grade | Hillsborough, NJ
"Hard work."


Aakash has attended few local spelling bee championships and one national spelling bee (North South Foundation); at one of them, he achieved second place.
Going into the 4th grade, Aakash likes to read books, draw pictures, and play outdoors. His favorite subjects include Science, History, and Visual Arts. Aakash likes to build electronic circuits with Arduino. For fun, Aakash learned to use Ripstick recently and he loves it very much and he also likes to bike.


aanvi-manda-web.jpgAanvi Manda | 5th Grade | Lufkin, TX
"You never know when something great can happen, but it starts by trying."

Aanvi has a first degree black belt in Taekwondo and loves to play piano, read, swim, write, and build Lego architecture. Her favorite word is "cyngeddion" and her favorite food is pizza. Her favorite books include the Harry Potter series, Winterhouse series, and any Rick Riordan Books. Aanvi also enjoys spending time with her sister. She competed at the 2019 National Spelling Bee and was the Lufkin Kiwanis Spelling Bee Champion in 2019 and 2020, and the 2019 Houston Public Media Spelling Bee Champion.

aaron-chang-web.jpgAaron Chang | 8th Grade | Wilmette, IL
"Work hard and try not to get distracted!"

Aaron Chang has been spelling since the age of seven. His favorite word is “picqueter” because of its cool definition. He likes to collect coins and other things, and also do mixed martial arts. His favorite way to study is to use lists of vocab words, spelling words, and root words, as well as being quizzed, whether electronically or verbally. Aaron uses Words of Wisdom, SpellPundit and Hexco products and his dad and mom quiz him on words. Aaron finished 51st in the National Spelling Bee in 2019. He was champion in the Chicago Public Schools in 2019 and champion in a suburban district of Cook County in 2020 after moving.

adam-albirini-web.jpgAdam Albirini | 7th Grade | Edmond, OK
"You don’t lose when the fight is over, you lose when you give up."

Adam is 12 years old and won his school spelling bee twice. Adam is also an avid reader who enjoys books by Roald Dahl.

He plays soccer and swims weekly and his favorite show is America's Got Talent. His favorite food is pizza and his favorite subject is Science. Adam loves to travel and is interested in Geography. His favorite movie is Apollo 13.

advaith-balakrishnan-ed.jpgAdvaith Balakrishnan | 5th Grade | Hinsdale, IL
"Discipline, meditation, determination. Keep calm and carry on."

Advaith is an energetic and active kid. He loves all sports, but has a special interest in soccer and plays on a travel soccer team called Wizards FC! His favorite subject is math. He loves all kinds of food, preferably spicy food. His favorite word is "dumbenesegesserit." He wants to be either a doctor, an engineer, or a scientist when he grows up. Advaith has competed in North South Foundation Spelling Bees since 1st grade. He has made the North South Foundation National Competition in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade. He achieved 5th place in 3rd grade at the National Finals for the NSF Junior Spelling Bee. Advaith won his school spelling bee in 3rd grade and 5th grade. He came 2nd in the Dupage County Spelling Bee in 5th Grade (2020). He dreams to participate in the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, just like his father and his brother!

advika-govindaraju-web.jpgAdvika Govindaraju | 6th Grade | Bedford, NH
"Be the change you wish to see in the world." -Mahatma Gandhi
"Don't try to blend in when you are meant to stand out."

  • Won her School spelling bee since 4th grade
  • Placed 9th in 5th grade at NH Scripps State Spelling Bee
  • Placed 2nd in 6th grade at NH Scripps State Spelling Bee
  • Qualified for NSF national spelling bee since grade three.

Advika enjoys playing the flute and piano. She also learns Indian classical singing and dance (Bharatnatyam). For fun, she likes playing word games, solving puzzles, reading, ice skating and playing chess. She loves to travel and her favorite places she visited are Hawaii, Arizona and Italy. She also likes geography, won her school bee and qualified for the state level. She also won at the state Invention Convention for her Rube Goldberg models in 3rd and 4th grades.

advitiya-jadhav-web.jpgAdvitiya Jadhav | 8th Grade | Princeton Junction, NJ

"Hi, I am Advitiya Jadhav and I like spelling, tennis, Minecraft, and cars. My favorite word is Houyhnhnm which is a fictional horse of a book. My idol is Roger Federer because he is confident, caring, and passionate. My favorite car is a Lamborghini Aventador because of how awesome is looks.

I was the winner of GFWC Spelling bee at first. That spelling bee showed me that I liked spelling. Then, I went other competitions such as South Asian Spelling Bee (qualified to finals) which is a very exclusive bee, and NSF where I qualified to the finals.

Good Luck to all the spellers out there!"

akshainie-kamma-web.jpgAkshainie Kamma | 6th Grade | Round Rock, TX

"The harder you work for something, the greater you'll feel when you achieve it."

Akshainie loves to compete in different academic competitions and has been competing in NSF since she was in Kindergarten. She has also been competing in Scripps since she was in 4th grade. Other spelling bees she has participated in include WishWin and SASB.

Some of her spelling achievements include:

- NSF Regional Vocabulary Bee - 1st in 2015, 2016, 2017; 2nd in 2019
- NSF Regional Spelling Bee - 1st in 2016, 2nd in 2015, 2017, 2019
- NSF Nationals Junior Spelling Bee - 10th in Grade 2; 9th in Grade 3
- NSF Nationals Junior Vocabulary Bee - 9th in Grade 3
- Scripps Nationals Spelling Bee 2019 - tied for 51st place
- Wishwin Spelling Bee - 4th in Grade 6
- School Spelling Bee Champion for 2 years
- UIL District Spelling Bee - 2nd in Grade 6

When Akshainie is not spelling, she likes to listen to music, sing, and dance. Her favorite musician is Taylor Swift and she is a huge kpop fan as well! She is currently learning an Indian classical dance form called Bharatanatyam. She likes to take up different leadership roles, and she has been part of Student Council for three years. Her favorite subject in school is math, and her favorite food is pasta. In the future, Akshainie wants to attend Harvard University and have a career in the business field.

akshita-balaji-ed.jpgAkshita Balaji | 7th Grade | Herndon, VA
"Before you give up, think about why you started."

Akshita has been spelling since 3rd grade when she won her very first classroom spelling bee. In 4th grade, she went on to win her school spelling bee and participated in the Fairfax County Spelling Bee. In 5th grade, she placed 2nd in her county spelling bee, and in 6th grade, she finally won the trophy and secured her spot at the 2019 Scripps Nationals Spelling Bee (tied for 42nd)! She  has also won the Testing Mom Speed Spelling Bee and placed 9th in the SpellPundit national online spelling bee.

"When I'm not spelling, I like to bike, play badminton with my family, bake, and read. I also like to sing and dance. My favorite subject in school is science. My lifelong dream is to become a doctor. I have always loved learning about the human body ever since I was a child. I would also like to be a spelling coach. I have grown to love spelling after doing it for so long and would like to pass on my knowledge to the next generation of spellers. I would like to nurture spellers' talents and help them succeed."

alexander-haniph-web2.jpgAlexander Haniph | 8th Grade | Trumbull, CT

"Why try to fit in, when you were born to stand out."

Alexander loves learning about history and science. He has participated in many academic competitions (and won a few), but this is his first spelling bee. For fun, Alexander enjoys archery, parkour, and playing video games. His favorite video game is Minecraft. He aspires to be a scientist someday, and has a particular interest in physics and computer science. 

alexis-major-web.jpgAlexis "Lexie" Major | 7th Grade | Grayson, GA

"You have to work hard for what you want in life! You can do anything you want if you put in the work! No one can stop me from making my dreams come true but me!"

Alexis is a vibrant, loving, and beautiful 12-year-old girl who loves reading and art. Alexis fell in love with spelling in the 5th grade. Although she did not win the 5th grade spelling bee, she vowed to return and be better than the last year.

In 6th grade, Alexis won the Couch Middle School spelling bee and made it to the district level. Alexis did not make it past the district level but her spirit was not broken. Alexis started to make organic lip gloss and balms in order to hire a personal spelling coach. Alexis is determined to be the best speller she can be! Alexis enjoy spending quality time with her family playing games, cooking, and traveling.


anjali-pisharody-web.jpgAnjali Pisharody | 5th Grade | Greensboro, NC
"Pursue excellence and success will follow"

Anjali is a trained Indian Classical dancer and has won dance competitions at National level. Anjali can understand three languages and can speak fluently in two of them. Anjali loves reading and represented her school in their Battle of the Books club two years in a row.  Anjali won the Guilford County North Carolina district spelling bee in 2020. She is passionate about spelling and dreams of winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee one day!

anvi-arun-web.jpgAnvi Arun | 3rd Grade | Katy, TX
"Don't worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don't even try."

"My name is Anvi Arun. I am an avid reader. I like swimming, coding, playing with Roominate, Legos, and Lego Boost is my all time favorite. I am a newbie to the spelling bee and I am looking forward to learning from this contest while testing my abilities. My favorite food is ice cream. It's so creamy! I have read more than 3,000 books and am still counting. I also like drawing things, and I love to draw real life people. I love science, and I would like to be an epidemiologist when I grow up."

arav-patel-web.jpegArav Patel | 6th Grade | Strongsville, OH
“Never give up! And keep studying everyday. And believe in yourself.”

“I started an interest in spelling as a toddler. In the 1st Grade my mom asked if I wanted to do the North South Foundation (NSF) Bee. I said ‘sure,’ and I enjoyed competing in NSF. In 4th Grade I began to take Spelling Bees seriously. I came 2nd place in the school bee. Then in 5th Grade I came 1st place and went to Scripps. Sixth grade I came in first place as well. Spelling is something I have enjoyed since I was toddler. My parents noticed when I was one year old that I have some kind of connection between letters and numbers. I was always enjoying it.

When I’m not studying spelling, I enjoy sports related things, my favorite is basketball. I also occasionally compose electronic music. My advice to other spellers is to study everyday. My dream is to make the finals in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. My ultimate dream is to win it all. I also participated in GCCTM from school and an etymology contest I placed 3rd in 2019.”

arian-rahman-web.jpgArian Rahman | 3rd Grade | Homestead, FL

Arian won the Kendale Elementary School spelling bee and represented the school from Miami Dade County. Arian dreams of being a cardiac surgeon so he can save lives and make this world a happy and safe place. He wants to eliminate world poverty and help people in need, attend Harvard Medical School and conduct research on medication to eliminate illness and boost immune systems. Arian respects his elders and loves all of God's creations with utmost devotion.

aritra-banerjee-web.jpgAritra  Banerjee | 7th Grade | Bridgewater, NJ

Aritra loves to read books, play chess, play cello and keyboard. He loves mathematics and follows sports. In the past he played baseball and tennis. While living in Connecticut, he was also part of his town's swim team. He has also participated in music concerts, math competition and essay competition.

His spelling accomplishments include the following:

- 2018 - Connecticut State spelling bee champion and ranked 42nd (tied) in national spelling bee
- 2019 - Somerset regional spelling bee champion and ranked 17th (tied) in national spelling bee
- 2020 - Somerset regional spelling bee champion and ranked 4th in Spellpundit online national spelling bee


arnav-kolluru-ed.jpgArnav Kolluru | 6th Grade | Forsyth, IL
"True success comes from hard work."

Arnav was the National History Bee 2019 IL state runner up. His hobbies include swimming and tennis. He plays piano and saxophone and likes to play Xbox and other online games with friends. A black belt in Taekwondo, Arnav enjoys math and regularly participates in math contests like Math Counts. Arnav's favorite word is" otolaryngology" and his favorite food is Hakka noodles. Arnav competed at the 2019 National Spelling Bee, won the 2019 and 2020 Macon County spelling bee; his regional contest was cancelled due COVID-19.

aryan-nindra-web.jpgAryan Nindra | 6th Grade | Aldie, VA

  • Aryan participated in Scripps 2019 and tied for 42nd place.
  • Aryan won SASB Washington DC regionals in 2019 and was runner up in 2017.
  • He competed in SASB nationals in 2017, 2018 and 2019

Aryan is a second degree black belt holder. He is an expert in swimming (butterfly, freestyle and backstroke). His favorite subject is science. His favorite food is pizza and biryani and enjoys playing games on Xbox. When he is not spelling, he enjoys playing basketball with his younger brother. Aryan aspires to become a doctor when he grows up.

ashritagandhari-2020-web.jpgAshrita Gandhari | 7th Grade | Ashburg, VA

"Work hard and success will follow."

Ashrita competed in the National Spelling Bee in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

She placed 7th in the Spellpundit Online Spelling Bee and also participated in NASCC in 2018, where she placed 2nd. She has also participated in SpellGenius bees and placed 6th. She also went to the Scripps National Spelling Bee finals.

Ashrita is a rising 8th grader who likes to play tennis and dance in her free time. Her favorite foods are raspberries and dark chocolate. Her favorite subjects in school are science and math, and she aspires to be a pediatrician. Her favorite etymology of words is German, and she loves studying the consonant clusters.

atman-balakrishnan-web.jpgAtman Balakrishnan | 8th Grade | Hinsdale, IL
"Work hard, then play hard."

Atman competed in spelling since the 3rd grade. He won his school bee in 3rd and 4th grade, and placed 6th and 3rd in the district bee respectively. In 5th grade he won his District Bee and placed 2nd at Regionals. The next year, as a 6th grader (2018), he won Regionals again and tied for 42nd at Scripps National Bee. He also made the NSB Finals in 7th grade (2019), and placed 41st. Arnav also participated in the North South Foundation (NSF) National Contest in from grades 4 through 7 and placed 5th at the NSF in 7th grade.

Atman Plays piano, viola, and sings Indian Classical music. He also plays many sports with family for fun (soccer, basketball, cricket). Atman's favorite food is an Indian rice/lentil crepe called "dosa." His favorite school subject is math and his favorite word is "taoiseach." Atman aspires to become an engineer (electrical or mechanical) working in the automotive business. He wants to live in India someday.



bhavana-madini-web.jpgBhavana Madini | 6th Grade | Plainview, NY
"Hard work and determination are the keys to success."

Bhavana began participating in spelling bees in first grade including North South Foundation (NSF) spelling bee competitions for which she was selected for NSF Nationals multiple times. When Bhavana was in fifth grade (last year), her school registered for the Scripps spelling bee and she not only won the regional championship, but advanced to Nationals and tied for 51st place. In the 2019 Spandana Spelling Bee competition, Bhavana won the Championship for the east coast. In 2020, she became school champion and cleared the written test and advanced to the Regional finals but it was canceled due to COVID. Bhavana likes to read, and write. She has a younger sister, and she likes to play with her. Her favorite book is Counting by 7s. She likes Italian food, word puzzles, and is passionate about spelling and has been involved in spelling competitions since childhood. Her favorite school subject is science and she aspires to be a doctor in future!



Cameron Keith | 8th Grade | Boulder, CO

Cameron has competed in spelling bees since 3rd grade. In 2018 he won the West Coast NASCC competition and has competed at the National Spelling Bee in 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2019. Sponsored by the Boulder Valley School District, he was accepted into the 2020 National Spelling Bee which was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Cameron is fascinated by science, especially microbiology. He plays cello in the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestra. He likes to camp, hike and backpack in the Colorado wilderness. He also likes to travel, and his favorite place he has visited so far is Kangaroo Island in Australia. His favorite foods are figs, salami and pistachio ice-cream. He loves cats, and hopes to one day get a Maine Coon.


Cody Cheng | 7th Grade | Syosset, NY

Cody won his school spelling bee in 2019 and 2020 and attended the 2019 National Bee, tying for 51st Place. Cody enjoys several five letter words beginning with the letter C: Cello, Chess, Cubes--He enjoys practicing his Cello, playing Chess online, and fiddling with Rubik's Cubes. One such word he does not enjoy: Covid. He is a competitive fencer and has participated in the USA National tournament. He also enjoys coding in his spare time, but does not like it when his father calls him "Coder."


Chaitra Thummala | 5th Grade | San Ramon, CA

Chaitra's passions include music, piano, drawing, science and reading books. Her favorite food is Pizza and Biryani. She loves playing with her younger little sister. She also loves to travel and visit many countries. Her favorite movies are Aladdin and the Harry Potter movies. Chaitra won her Regional Bee in 2019 and participated in Scripps National Spelling Bee.


Conor McGall | 7th Grade | Euless, TX
"Focus your energy on doing only the task at hand."

Conor has competed in his school spelling bee for six years and has been both a winner and runner up! Conor plays cello and piano and competes in math and science competitions. He enjoys playing tennis and all kinds of card and board games. He also participates in a philharmonic orchestra.

"I'm a Ravenclaw and I love Rick Riordan books. Brownie sundaes are my absolute favorite things to eat. Cellular biology is one of my favorite subjects and I'd like to go into biology as a career."


dean-alkhairy-web.jpegDean Alkhairy | 8th Grade | Newport Coast, CA
“Onwards & Upwards!”

Dean plays the French horn and saxophone, is on the swim team, and also plays soccer and basketball. He has participated in several non-Scripps spelling bees, such as the South Asian Spelling Bee, NASCC, Spell Pundit, Spell Genius, and the Mission Spelling Spelling Bee. Dean is an avid video game player and amateur golf enthusiast. His favorite subjects at school are science and foreign language classes. Dean aspires to be an orthodontist and a chef.

In 2018, Dean placed 3rd in the Orange County and 42nd place at the Scripps National Spelling Bee (NSB). In 2019, he placed 2nd at the Orange County and 51st place at the NSB. Dean was the 2020 winner of the Orange County and qualified to attend the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

deetya-sri-web.jpgDeetya Sri | 2nd Grade | Houston, TX

Deetya won school bee in first and second grades. This year she won the district spelling bee and participated in our regional spelling bee. Deetya is good singer and has an ear for music and likes to write books on fictional characters. She wants to go to nationals and win someday. She likes reading books and playing with her sister. She enjoys playing piano and swimming. Her favorite book series as of recent is "Wings of Fire."

deetya-vuppala-web.jpgDeetya Vuppala | 6th Grade | Bellevue, WA
“Your success depends on how you bounce back from failures.”

Deetya’s spelling achievements include:

- 7th place in 2019 NSF Senior National Bee
- 2nd place in 2018 Scripps Seattle Regionals
- 3rd place in 2019 Scripps Seattle Regionals
- Winner and full-scorer in NSF Senior Regional Bee
- 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee, top 100 in prelims
- 2020 Spell Pundit Bee Semi-finalist. - 6th place in 2020 Queen Bee Spelling Bee

“I love dance and I'm learning Kuchipudi, a ballet style Indian classical dance. I'm also pursuing contemporary dance. I like reading and my favorite series are Keeper of the Lost Cities, The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, and The Land of Stories. I love biking, swimming, and photography. I want to be part of UNICEF one day and help kids who can't afford healthcare.”


edith-fuller-web.jpgEdith Fuller | 3rd Grade | Broken Arrow, OK

Edith Fuller competed in the 2017 National Spelling Bee and won the hearts of many.

Her spelling achievements include the following placements:

- Green Country Regional 2017 - 1st
- Scripps National Spelling Bee 2017 - 41st
- Green Country Regional 2018 - 2nd
- Green Country Regional 2019 - 2nd
- Green Country Regional 2020 - 9th
- Spell Pundit Online 2020 - through tie-breaker in Semi Finals group

"I want to be a writer of chapter books for children when I grow up. I love my sweet and smiley 2-year-old sister Vera and help take care of her. Recently I've been spending my free time exploring my computer movie maker and making little story, educational, and just silly videos."

zz-es-anonymous.jpgElizabeth S. | 7th Grade | Waxhaw, NC
“All you have to do is study. Really. There is no secret to it. Just study.”

Elizabeth earned placement at her 2019-2020 middle school bee as runner-up and was the 2018-2019 spelling bee winner for 5th though 8th grades at her private school.

A dedicated musician, Elizabeth has been playing violin since kindergarten and plays for the Preparatory Youth Orchestra of Charlotte. A lover of books, Louisa May Alcott is Elizabeth's favorite author and her favorite genre is realistic fiction. Elizabeth enjoys nature photography. Her favorite summertime activity is going to the beach with her family.

ekansh-rastogi-web.jpgEkansh Rastogi | 7th Grade | Heathrow, FL
“Keep calm and spell on!” - Ekansh Rastogi
“Karm karo, fal ki chinta mat karo”
“Do your duty without thinking about the results” - Bhagavad Gita
“If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail” - Sunil Gavaskar

Ekansh is a funny, talkative person who loves to play cricket, table tennis, and tennis. He loves to cook and hopes to open an Italian or Mexican restaurant one day. Speaking of food, he wants to be a Michelin-starred chef or play cricket or tennis professionally. He likes to write short stories and poetry. His favorite word is Humuhumunukunukuapua’a.

His numerous achievements include the following:

  • Seminole County Champion 2019, 2020
  • Orlando Sentinel Regionals 4th place 2019 (Regionals didn’t happen this year)
  • Scripps National Spelling Bee 51st place 2019
  • North South Foundation Spelling Bee Regional Champion 2019
  • North South Foundation National Spelling Bee Finalist top 15 2019
  • South Asian Spelling Bee Regional Champion 2019
  • South Asian Spelling Bee National Finalist 2019
  • SpellPundit National Online Spelling Bee Competition Finalist 9th Place 2020

evans-kailola-web.jpgEvans Kailola | 8th Grade | Springfield, MA
"Hard work pays off.”

When Evans was in 6th grade, he placed 1st in the 2018-19 ACSI District Spelling Bee. He placed 3rd inthe  ACSI Regional Bee, and tied for 7th in ACSI National Bee.

Evans spends his free time playing video games, solving Rubik's cubes, learning piano, and spending time with his little brother. He can solve a Rubik's cube in under 30 seconds. In the past, in addition to the spelling competitions at school, he participated in speed cubing competitions and quiz competitions. He enjoys learning new words. For spelling, his favorite word is "arrondissement." In the future, he would love to travel the world and be a detective.



gage-carlson-web.jpgGage Carlson | 8th Grade | Burleson, TX
"Rome was not built in a day." -John Heywood

Gage won the ACSI District Spelling Bee in 7th and 8th grade. He competed in the ACSI Regional Bee in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade, placing in the top 8 each year. He was first alternate for ASCI National Bee in 6th grade, and second alternate in both 7th and 8th grade.

"I have two younger brothers. Last year, I went to Duke University to be recognized in their Grand Recognition Ceremony for the Duke TiP program. I took a biotechnology course last summer through the Duke TiP program. I love studying words and learning new things. Reading is my hobby. My favorite author is Brandon Sanderson. I recently started taking piano lessons and am excited to improve my skills on the piano. I enjoy drama, and won a monologue competition with a Charlie Brown monologue this spring. One of my long term goals is to one day write a book."


harini-logan-web.jpgHarini Logan | 6th Grade | San Antonio, TX
"My personal mantra is one word at a time. Don't think about words you'll get after. Keep your focus on the word you are currently spelling. That way, you can think better and eventually spell it right. Another one of my personal inspirational quotes is don't keep a list of your achievements, keep a list of your failures, so you won't have to make a to-do list, too."

Harini competed at the National Spelling Bee 2018 and 2019. Her other spelling achievements include the following:

- first place in Express-News bee (2018 & 2019)
- 2nd place NSF Junior Spelling Bee nationals (2017)
- 4th place NSF Senior Spelling Bee nationals (2019)
- 2nd place SpellPundit Online National Bee (2020)

Harini is very interested in drama, and has been a member of her school's drama club for 7 years. Harini is a music enthusiast, and enjoys doing Indian classical music and piano in her free time. She also loves writing, and aspires to publish her stories. Poetry is also one of her interests, and Harini has been selected as one of the winners in the city-wide Young Pegasus Poetry Competition. Her dream is to become a doctor, and her current fascination is in the pediatric field.

   "I" NAMES

ishika-varipilli-web.jpgIshika Varipelli | 4th Grade | Spring, TX
"Never giving up and looking for words everywhere I go."

Ishika is an avid learner and a champion for those in need of support. Athletic, creative, and musically talented, she also enjoys learning challenging words.

"I like to learn new and interesting things every day. I like to help people and stand up for the weak. My hobbies are swimming, playing piano, and crafts. My favorite word is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis because this word is long (54 letters) and fun to say. My dream is to become an actor and in my spare time a spelling coach."

ishwin-baweja-web.jpgIshwin Baweja | 6th Grade | Redmond, WA
"Ask questions about everything and then do research to find the answers."

Ishwin is off to a solid start in earning her place at the National Spelling Bee. To date, she has won five classroom spelling bees and three school spelling bees. Going further, for two years in a row she has come in 4th place at the Seattle Regional Spelling Bee!

"I like to play piano, tennis, and read books. For fun, I like sewing and embroidery. My biggest dream is to win the Scripps National Bee. My favorite subject in school is Language Arts. I enjoy spelling bees, and have placed 4th in my Seattle Regional Bee for the past two years in a row. I have been doing spelling bees since I was in First Grade, and enjoy them."


jaishna-gaddam-web.jpgJaishna Gaddam | 4th Grade | Austin, TX
"Everyone should have access to clean water no matter where they live"

A pianist, composer, future humanitarian, and performer of the arts, Jaishna aspires to a career in medicine or finance. "Some of my hobbies are playing badminton, piano, and practicing my dance. For fun I draw mandalas, compose my own music, and do yoga. Some dreams I have are to make sure everybody has access to clean water wherever they are around the world. I also dream of becoming a doctor, or a financial advisor to help people to have a better life."

jayden-lee-web.jpgJayden Lee | 7th Grade | San Ramon, CA

Jayden tied for 42nd place at the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Jayden is a self-described "nerd at heart" who does well in his classes, and he loves to read and write (and spell!). As with classic nerds, he also plays Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering with his friends. He also takes music, playing the tuba, trombone, and piano. He focuses on tuba, having been accepted to the California All-State band last year. When not studying or practicing anything, Jayden enjoys playing video games with his friends and spending time with his two dogs.



kaiden-webb-web.jpgKaiden Webb | 8th Grade | Eaton, OH

"Work hard and have discipline."

Kaiden started participating in spelling bees in elementary school. He won his first and fifth grade spelling bees, and won his first school-wide bee in seventh grade and again in eighth grade. He also won the Preble County spelling bee in seventh and eighth grades. Kaiden qualified for the Dayton regional spelling bee in seventh and eighth grades and placed sixth and third, respectively. Through the RSVBee program, he tied for 51st place at the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Also, this year he made it to the fourth round of the semifinals of the SpellPundit Online National Spelling Bee.

Kaiden has competed in spelling bees for eight years and geography bees for three years. He also participated in his school’s quiz team and Destination Imagination team in middle school. He enjoys reading dystopian fiction and practicing the oboe and clarinet for his school’s band in his spare time. Kaiden’s favorite subject in school is history, and he aspires to be a history professor in the future.

kara-towe-web2.jpgKara Towe | 7th Grade | Cana, VA

Kara has been a top-performer in spelling since the 4th grade! Some of her achievements include the following:

- Finished 2nd in school bee in 4th grade (2017)
- Won school bee in 2018, 2019 & 2020
- Finished 3rd in district bee in 2018
- Won district bee in 2019 & 2020
- Participant regional bee 2019 & 2020

Born September 1, 2007, Kara is a rising 8th grader. She loves spelling and competing in the spelling bee. A 'straight A' student in Carroll County Public Schools, her favorite subject and hobby is art. She also enjoys music and video games. Her favorite animal is the wolf, and her favorite color is pink. (Note: Kara's regional spelling bee was cancelled due to COVID-19, however, we are happy to have her competing with us! The photo to the left is Kara at the site of what would have been her Regional Bee.)

"When I grow up, I want to be in health care, or possibly work with special needs students."

kerstin-uva-web.jpgKerstin Uva | 5th Grade | Bakersfield, CA
"Talent + Effort = Success"

Kerstin is an 11-year-old friendly and playful kid. She has an 8-year-old sister named Melanie and a little dog named Luna. She was an early self-taught reader, started reading at a 1st grade level before the age of 4. She has a great memory that has helped her learn spelling words, but she doesn’t only memorize them, she likes to understand the meaning and other information about the words. This year after she won the school spelling bee, she worked hard studying the words of the champions by using the phone app and the Merriam Webster’s dictionary and was very excited to qualify for the Nationals this year, but when she didn’t qualify, she wasn’t discouraged at all, as she planned on continuing this fun journey. That is why she was so excited when this opportunity came up and signed up right away. She enjoys swimming, playing with friends, drawing, playing a game called Animal Jam (by National Geographic), but most of all she enjoys being a normal kid, playing with our dog Luna, having playdates with friends, etc. In the past she has practiced Gymnastics and Dance and She is currently deciding what musical instrument she wants to start to learn and practice (leaning towards the flute). One of her near future goals (within a few years) is to make it to the Scripps National Spelling bee, winning would be great, but most of all she wants to live that experience. In school, she is good at all subjects, but her strength has always been language arts, reading comprehension, Spelling, Vocabulary, etc. She is very excited to participate in this Contest and she and her family would love to thank all the sponsors who made it possible!

krish-lakdawala-web.jpgKrish Lakdawala| 2nd Grade | Sugar Land, TX

"Always try to do your best"

Krish is an amazing 7-year-old boy! He is sweet, responsible and loves to learn! He does Taekwondo and is loving it! Krish got a taste of spelling last year when he participated in his school spelling bee and loved it! His favorite food is pasta or pizza. He loves his sister and playing with her too! He loves video games and playing with his Beyblades. He loves Legos too!

krish-nathan-web3.jpgKrish Nathan | 5th Grade | Hoover, AL

"Work hard, play hard"

Krish won his school spelling bee twice and is a 2nd place district spelling bee winner.

Krish loves geography and plays variety of indoor and outdoor sports. He loves the family puppy, a black Labrador (five years old). He is also learning to read and write in the Tamil language and has completed two levels.

Krish loves to watch Masterminds and Jeopardy and math! He aspires to become a cardiologist when he grows up. Pizza is his favorite food and he wants to visit all 196 countries in the world!