June 4th, 2010
09:47 PM ET

Ohio teen wins National Spelling Bee with 'stromuhr'

Ohio teen Anamika Veeramani won the Scripps National Spelling Bee Friday night with the word stromuhr, an instrument for measuring the flow of viscous substances.

"I'm really, really happy. This is one of the best moments of my life," the 14-year-old said after the annual spell-off.

Anamika, of North Royalton, tied for fifth place last year. Her victory makes Ohio the state to produce the most spelling bee winners with 9.

The 83rd Scripps National Spelling Bee began Thursday with 273 spellers ranging in age from 8 to 15.

Friday's final rounds began with 10 contestants, who were eliminated one by one by words such as ochidore, a shore crab, and terribilita, a term applied typically to the art of Michelangelo describing the power and grandeur of his work.

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  1. Arun

    It's so amazing to read how an outstanding achievement can so easily get minimized !!

    These posts keep emphasizing that it is not about race.....but "race" as a word is probably the most typed word on this thread.

    Can we all for sake of a 14 year old be happy for her achievement?

    I wish that every child in this country (I have two US citizen kids) achieves something for which they can be proud of !!

    And I wish that all of us can celebrate each and every success.....irrespective of who the person is.....

    At last a somber reminder......American kids have to compete against smart kids in international settings and succeed.

    America's future rests with our younger generation....so please work hard and make America proud.

    June 6, 2010 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. Shiv

    firstly, congratulations to Anamika!!'
    congrats to her parents, teachers, friends and everyone who worked with her.....this is an individual contest with whole lot of team behind :).......and they all come from various ethnic groups.....i think this will be a trend for future....success will come to those who can work with different group of people....it is imminent and it will be impervative......so sooner we realize this and learn to live and work with each other (and not against) the better it will be........

    June 6, 2010 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. socrates

    Not to take anything away from this girl because it is a wonderful achievement and no doubt took alot of effort on her part., but the concept of spelling bees are rather pointless. Its pure memorization. Memorization can only get you so far in life. If one is not able to analyze and think critically, you might as well memorize how to make milkshakes at mickey ds

    June 6, 2010 at 4:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. sneha

    congrats anamika.. job done superbly..
    for all the people here trying to define who she is.. why not just call her

    a 14 yr old girl who worked very hard to win the spelling bee..

    leave it at that..

    June 6, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Stance

    Never mind a spelling bee. My kid can whip any kid at Playstation, Xbox, and Wii. He can even read an application for unemployment and welfare.
    Yes, number 1 in the new world order.

    June 6, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. RJ Trede

    Richard Lu asked about the meaning of "Stromhur" (the word the teenage girl used to win the recent spelling bee...

    A stromuhr literally means "stream clock" in German... It is a medical instrument designed by Carl Ludwig in 1867 to measure the strength of flow in major arteries and veins.

    June 7, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  7. Kimberly Bell

    of course when you dont have time to cook, fastfoods would always be the best option :;;

    December 1, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. SpellingWasp

    look at what the previous winners in the past! one of them won with knack! THAT'S JUST PLAIN EASY! http://www.spellingbee.com/champions-and-their-winning-words Look at 1932!

    February 25, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dr. D.

    Drill, Roy, drill!

    June 5, 2010 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  10. Vic

    Not completely sure what you are trying to say. It's capitalism so if people can't compete then they are going to get left behind. And believe me, it is much tougher to be Indian than white for things like getting into top colleges so those who achieve are overcoming more than their counterparts.

    June 5, 2010 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  11. Raghu Bala

    Roy T. American you have misspelled several "their" as "there" several times :-)
    "Of course there smart, there parents can afford Amercian Universities "
    should read as
    "Of course their smart, their parents can afford Amercian Universities"
    Please don't embarrass yourself any more than you have.

    June 5, 2010 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  12. Raghu Bala

    Roy T. American you have misspelled several "their" as "there" several times :-)
    "Of course there smart, there parents can afford Amercian Universities "
    should read as
    "Of course they are smart, their parents can afford American Universities"
    Please don't embarrass yourself any more than you already have.

    June 5, 2010 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  13. b.diego

    Then why do indian academics, doctors, businessmen go to America? Or the UK? Those countries were found and are currently dominated by white people, right? What about the nobel prize winners? There are only like 10 indian nobel prize winners, but 7 were from Western countries.. There are 829 nobel prize winners by the way.

    Maybe spelling is "your playing field", but the rest (science, technology, education, etc.), are dominated by a mix of races (generally white, simply because there is a large population of white people in western countries, nothing else).

    June 5, 2010 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  14. Rahul

    Mr Proud Indian, I am also an Indian, but, I am not sure what you are proud of. You are proud because you are in America now. Every one has their own strengths, be it spelling bee or sports or technology or something else. You better learn how to talk with respect, this is not a way to talk about fellow people from the country where you have come looking for oppurtunities. Without being in US, you will never ever be looking at these posts and writing comments.

    Anamika, Congratulations on your big day. Wish you all success in your life.

    June 5, 2010 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  15. mananadg

    I am an Indian American, and I say you are a MORON, school smarts is not everything!! Indian American need to learn from other to do everything, sports, farming, ruling. It is dumb airheads like you who are destroying image of Indian American community.

    If you are a proud Indian move back to India, I will buy your ticket.

    June 5, 2010 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
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