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. Kwame Jackson

    Success truly crowns hardwork, kudos to Anamika.

    June 4, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric Carlson

      THE Kwame Jackson of Wooster?

      June 4, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric Carlson

      Oops, guess not

      June 5, 2010 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Nagendra

      Be it American or Indian, we all belong to human race. If one kid excels in spellings, another excels in Maths. We should stop differentiating based on race and concentrate more on alleviating poverty, impoverishment, illiteracy, etc. etc and move towards enriching earth with all the resources we've been depleting till date. Humbly request all commentors to stop going behind race or ethnicity. It has got nothing to do with one's skills.

      June 5, 2010 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • DonnainVA

      Congratulations on a job VERY well done!! I needed spell check on the first word in this response.
      All of those kids did a tremendous (spell check again) job and all deserve a ton of praise!!! I really felt for the young girl from Canada, she just couldn't hear her word and it cost her. But all of those kids really seemed to have such a positive outlook!!
      I hope Miss Veeramani can talk to LeBron in person and talk him into staying in Cleveland 🙂
      The pressure, television lights, not to mention the long pauses for commericals must've been nerve wracking on these young people.
      Hard work and perseverance (spell check) pay off!

      June 5, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mare Bear

      Wow, first of all SHE did a great job, Second, SHE is American. You people disgust me.

      June 5, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • slorgg

      Mare Bear-
      "Wow, first of all SHE did a great job, Second, SHE is American. You people disgust me."

      What's to be disgusted about? Sounds like baseless whining to me. I notice that a ton of people are accusing others of making negative comments or judging those comments without really .. having a clue. Many people are terribly disturbed by the things that masquerade as news these days. No offense but a spelling bee sounds like it belongs in the local paper for the winner's home town. At least there are some folks that teach their kids how to use English properly.

      Good for the kid. Nice job. Made it to a CNN news piece too. Must have been one heck of a win to make this kind of news.

      I just would like folks to keep their minds trained on the bilderberg meeting in spain and the potential repercussions and not be too distracted by the mundane. Visit Alex Jones' sites like infowars and keep your brains on alert for developments the MSM doesn't tell anyone.

      June 5, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      O-H !

      June 5, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
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      June 5, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • mizz

      Jeff they win the bee, and get into college and take your job because of their capacity for learning, and their hard work. What kind of job do you have? I'm sure you barely got through college. I love hearing people like you make those comments, it shows that your so pathetic in your life and so jealous that you hate on the intelligence and prestige of others. I am 27 and a surgeon, and yes I'm indian..I will make more money in 1 year than you will in 10...

      June 5, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • JG in NY

      "No offense but a spelling bee sounds like it belongs in the local paper for the winner's home town."

      Yeah slorgg, you're right, I don't want to read about anyone's success in my news, much better CNN stick to war, violence, celebrities and all that other highly positive information. BTW, I'm in my 40s and the winner of the National Spelling Bee has gotten front page billing in the MSM every year as long as I can recall. As well they should!

      June 5, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • mamafink

      Anamika did a brilliant job and deserved to win. I wonder how many of you out there were disgusted with how ABC ran the spelling bee. Only 10 spellers for us to watch and a gadzillion commercials. In the past there were a lot more spellers to watch on the final night and the show was much more interesting. If they run it this way next year I probably won't bother to watch it.

      June 5, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rod

      I applaud hard work. But I hate spelling bees. Not that proper spelling isn't a wonderful thing. I just wish they would hold a national VOCABULARY bee instead...something that might really be useful. Spending years memorizing the spelling of esoteric words that one will never encounter in the real world is rather a waste. If you understand the MEANING of most of the words in the dictionary, you can read almost ANYTHING. If you know the spelling of nearly every word, you can read NOTHING.

      June 6, 2010 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. Kevin

    No surprise its an Indian kid. Good for him. The rest of America needs to hit the books with at least 10% as much effort as this kid does and we might see some change.

    June 4, 2010 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mel

      Good for HER

      June 4, 2010 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andre

      Kevin, Anamika is a girl not a boy. Secondly, Anamika is American. There is no "rest of America" unless you mean white America. Do you?

      June 4, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • invistus

      being Indian does make you smart. It is the Indian system that makes you smart. BTW even within 1.2B people, the entire Indian middle class on average is the smartest middle class in the world. Just get over it.

      June 4, 2010 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • joel

      yes that's why there are 500 million improvished people in india.. anyway I'm not hating on india, but the winner is American, not Indian. Or atleast American of indian descent

      June 5, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
    • paul

      did you ride the short bus to school?

      June 5, 2010 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Shadia

      He is American-American Indian.

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

      Not 'him". It is "her". She is a chick. Learn to read, Dude.

      June 5, 2010 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |

      Your tone seems cynical! Doesn't matter where this kid is from. The truth is she has triumphed over other American kids.Believe me,if all Indian kids back home have free public education and welfare benefits like you all have,India will far exceed other nations both professionally and economically.There is so much talent out there!

      June 5, 2010 at 4:00 am | Report abuse |
    • shan456

      Asian Americans from my highschool (which was very diverse) were the students getting into all the Ivy League schools. Obviously it's a generalization to say that all Asian Americans are intelligent, but I do know that most parents of these children place a very high value on education. Stop tearing Kevin apart because of the WAY he said it because he has a good point if you can get past your own self righteousness.

      June 5, 2010 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
    • The Big Rat Broker

      Good point, Kevin. This indian dude is way smarter than us. We need to study harder.

      June 5, 2010 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Tybar

      I agree with other comments re this student being American, however, it would be interesting to see what SHE identifies herself as being....my guess is Indian – American. In short, cultures other than 'European' or 'African' Americans GENERALLY seem to value education more. While most of our kids are interested in I-Pods, Facebook, and Hummers, those who value education are taking advantage of the opportunities that are available to ALL Americans. It's not the schools that are failing most of our children, it's the students, and more importantly, their PARENTS that are failing. Unfortunately most Americans have adapted the 'not my fault' mentality. Regardless....congratulations to this fine young lady....well done! Oh yeah, least I forget....it's not Obama's OR Bush's fault....lol!

      June 5, 2010 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Serious

      The winner is not a dude but a 'dudee' or 'dudess'. I guess it's time to brush up my language skills. lol.

      June 5, 2010 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • immigrantIndian

      She is not an indian kid. She is as american as an american pie. Only her parents are indian with indian values which places too much emphasis on kid's education and education related achievements. I am not sure whether it is good thing or bad thing but it makes up a good story. Hope all these kids enjoy a normal life once they turn eighteen. But one thing for sure the amount of hard work these kids put in really commendable

      June 5, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Dana

      Kevin is exactly right – if the rest of America applied themselves even partly as much, that would go a long way for the country. And Andre, I'm sure all Kevin meant by the "rest of America" is everyone other than this kid. My heritage is Indian and I don't take offense to that in the least – quite the contrary... Give up the rabblerousing.

      June 5, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • gr8

      sure kevin, ya beaver.

      June 6, 2010 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. cathy

    Not a him a her !

    June 4, 2010 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Aspi

    congragulations to her.

    June 4, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Belle

    Congratulations to Anamika – and Incarnate Word! A great student and a great school.

    June 4, 2010 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mel3

    Kevin, you moron. There were just as many Caucasian and other ethnicities in that contest who all worked extremely hard to get there.

    June 4, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrea M

      Not so much. I watched the end of the semis today at work and overwhelmingly it was kids with Indian names. There were a couple asian (Chinese, I think) names and one or two european last names.

      Either way, who cares where these kids or their parents come from, each and every one of them was practically oozing a slime trail of brains on that stage and we should commend all of them for their epic brain power! If only more american kids could focus on the sports of the nerds rather than jockish pursuits.

      June 5, 2010 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff

    I used this word in Scrabble just the other day.

    June 4, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
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      June 5, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Albertico

      LOL....funniest post on here! LOL..

      June 5, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. markiejoe

    I always hated spelling bees. Rote memorization does not make you smart. A robot could be programmed to win this Bee every year.

    June 4, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrea M

      Just because you're not good at spelling doesn't mean you should hate on the kids who can do it. Sure a robot could be programmed to win the spelling be, but that's the thing, these kids are humans with actual brains.

      June 5, 2010 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
    • SmackU

      The person who would build those robots are the same kids like Anamika, with the smarts. They dont grow on trees. Well if you knew that, you wouldnt be spewing such grabage with your little pea brain. Go back to playing your video game with your loser friends

      Way to go Anamika. YOU are truly awesome!!!!

      June 5, 2010 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Won 3rd grade spellimg bee...

      Not only rote memorization; in addition there is judgment (or judgement) about how an unfamiliar word is *likely* to be spelled based upon one's knowledge of spellings of other words as well as the meaning of the word which can provide clues as to its origin and hence its spelling.

      June 5, 2010 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Raja Murad

      Yeah that robot will be made by a moron like you. 😉

      June 5, 2010 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      I will post this again. In response to your contention that spelling is rote memorization: that is absolutely fallacious. Spelling requires intuition (or what we spellers term Sprachgefuhl), as well as a solid understanding of the patterns and rules that govern each language that has contributed to English. The kids who only memorize words are knocked out long before the finals, I assure you. Spelling is an art and a science, and it enhances vocabulary. Additionally, the Spelling Bee experience itself teaches one how to lose (or win) with grace, and all of the prep work put in beforehand teaches perseverance – surely both crucial life lessons.

      June 5, 2010 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • mommamia

      I don't know about the robot making Markiejoe- have you ever been behind the scenes of a spelling bee? These kids study study study books after books after books-there is no memorizing- you can't possibly memorize alllllllll the words in dictionaries , encyclopedias or anywhere else they may get a word from. It is truly the hard work of this young lady the real reason why she won. Now, I say go have some fun- you've earned it! And really, what is wrong with this world? You have a good kid who studies and wins a spelling bee and there are still people who wanna put her down- I guess if she went out and committed a crime that would be better?

      June 5, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • paolibulldog

      If you believe that rote memorization is the only way to become a good speller, then it's no wonder you hated spelling bees – you probably lost badly. And I bet you were even more disappointed when you tried to prepare for your first driving test by playing lots of Grand Theft Auto.

      June 5, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  9. Kathy

    Congrats to her! I sure wish the commentators would have shut up during this though...they kept talking over what was being said (and spelled) and it was very irritating. Rude of them also!

    June 4, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • suz

      Yes! It wasn't this way in the morning round, just the ABC televised evening round. Same thing last year, also. The producers must have thought people would get bored if they had to pay attention to the actual contest! It's important to hear the word, hear if the speller is mispronouncing it, hear what questions are being asked about the word, and so on. ABC seemed only interested in creating a nice story about each of the spellers and then hearing them spell. Even Anamika commented on the way the commercial breaks interrupt the flow of the contest.

      June 5, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • hk

      Agreed!!! Those commentators were beyond annoying! They needed to quiet down.. there were a few words that the kids asked questions about , but we couldnt hear the answers cause the commentators wouldnt stop blabbing!!

      June 5, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Vellupillai Prahbakaran

    Very nice job to you, Veeramani!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 4, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Heidi

    I live in North Royalton and want to say "congrats" to the young lady who won. Way to GO!!!!

    June 5, 2010 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Elizabeth

      I only wish all Ohio schools were equal. Some have great scores, and within the same city, some poor. In Ohio, years ago the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that education funding is unfair and must change, but after that the Republicans poured money into Supreme Court campaigns and downplayed that ruling. Meanwhile, the funding has never come through; history is optional in college, many communities in Ohio are in academic probation or emergency. I am so glad that this student showed the pure guts of Ohio residents, but I wish that school funding would match the efforts of the students.

      June 5, 2010 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jason

    Congratulations, Anamika!

    June 5, 2010 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  13. Satish

    Congratulations Anamika. Appreciate your hard work and dedication eventhough your mother tongue is not English. Vazhthukkal.

    June 5, 2010 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
    • galaxy

      How do you know? Her Mother might be a white American?

      June 5, 2010 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Pari

      Satish, her mother tongue is ENGLISH..... being from Indian family doesn't make you indian.. if she is born in USA.. she is very well an american...

      Also, I am an indian n trust me no one needs to be an indian or asian to suceed.. all you need is to concentrate and someone/parents on your head to make you work hard.............

      June 5, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sudha

    Congrats Anamika! Hard work pays...we are very proud of you!

    June 5, 2010 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  15. tt

    an asian indian kid won because her parents motivated, supported and guided her – she won not because she is of any particular ethenic origi,n but because of her parent's support. May be a lesson for rest of America that we need to do more with our kids in studies and less with extra-curricular?

    June 5, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
    • q.p

      well a lot of non indians do the same thing :). there are a lot of white, black, hispanics and other asians that really support their children too. but you are right, more parents of all ethnicities need to do the same thing so we can have great future leaders!

      June 5, 2010 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      So they can win spelling bees? Does that make them better people or aid humanity? Not any more than football. The amount of dedication required to win one of these things completely engulfs these kids lives for years, and like most cerebral tasks, probably has limited synergies with other skills.

      June 5, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Homer500

      Actually Brian, there's a strong correlation between doing well in these spelling bees and future college/career achievements. As noted above, winning at spelling requires more than just rote memorization.

      June 6, 2010 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |
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