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. ranee

    Congratulations on this wonderful accomplishment!!

    June 5, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Shakeel

    Being a Pakistani, I congratulate this girl on her achievement..!!

    June 5, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. glc

    Congrats ! She will sell many, many rugs.

    June 5, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lelo

    What upsets me about this is I wonder how much PRESSURE this kid's parents put on her to achieve this goal? I can bet that it was in the THOUSANDS of hours over the past few years. Even if the kid succeeds – as she did here – the pressure just continues relentlessly. You see this so often with Asian-American parents. I can bet that this kid’s goal is to be a neurosurgeon or Nobel laureate! The long term cost will be in failed relationships, anxiety / burnout, and possibly an early death. Was it worth it?

    June 5, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • dim3m

      If she turns out to be a Nobel laureate? Of course it would be worth it!!! Do you realize how much one persons's perseverance could help change the rest of the world?

      June 5, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. vijah

    This is a big deal

    June 5, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. abhiseb

    Everybody is more interestered in her race and background. Guys its a spelling bee, the point is to learn atleast one word and use it in your life.

    June 5, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. samhitha

    Be sure to read the comments(blog). Pertty interesting 🙂

    June 5, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Yan Cryuff

    With a name like that, then it's no surprise that she learned to spell difficult words ....

    June 5, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Nick

    First of all, congratulations to Anamaki for winning. As far as I think, she is an american india and America should be proud of her.
    Now regarding the battering that ppl are giving indians in some of these comments, here is what I have to say..
    1) Its not that indians have a superior brain then americans, its their values that sets them apart. A typical Indian house has a mother who might be a doctor/engineer/teacher/prof. or she might have equivalent education qualification but might be a stay at home mom. What is imp to note that is, she is educated. And so goes for the father. Now compare this to a typical american household. Parents who are busy either cheating on each other or fighting a divorce case.. do u think a child can learn any thing in such an environment. This is true for 70% of the cases.
    2) of the remaining 30%, most of them are busy finding a bf/social networking/playing on iphone by the time they are 13. They are more interested in cheerleading then in learning something tht will make them stand apart. Indian parents don't spread the loop and spoil the child and thats not because they dont love them, its because they care for their future more then the american counterparts. Obviously, when half the americans have to undergo peternity test to find out who the father of their child is, this is bound to happen.
    3) Most indians, unlike hispanics, dont cross over some border and walk right in to work at a fastfood joint. They come on "elite" visa's. There in lies the difference!! They don't take the easy route..they slog.
    Rather then trying to belittle or call them names, how about changing our way of thinking and looking at our social and family structure??

    Pizza, chickenwings and Beer does not a spellingbee make!!

    June 5, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • dim3m

      Well put sir

      June 5, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JK

    Congrats...East or West – India is the best...

    June 5, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. MURESH

    I am Indiana Ameican...sorry meant Indian America....geez why does CNN not provide spell-check...basically dudes/dudettes stop harping on race/ethinicity....kids of Romanian immigrants do well at gymnastics; of Russian immigrants good at ice-skating/math/chess....why....because THEIR PARENTS PUSH THEM TO DO IT......PARENTS....KEY WORD !!!!!!

    June 5, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Homer500

      Yes, although it should be pointed out that the current World Chess Champion, Vishwanathan Anand, is also Indian.

      June 6, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jason

    Congratulations to her.....it is a testimony to how great these kids are.....they are as American as anybody could be and we should all be proud. One more thing people like her make this country great not illegal people who just sneak in and are involved in criminal activities or gang related activities. We should all value these immigrant family values and their stress on education.

    June 5, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
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    June 5, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. damiao

    Help to spread it overseas....http://www.englishtips-self-taught.blogspot.com

    June 5, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Racha

    Just curious if anyone else thought "juvia" was a ridiculously easy word to spell compared to the the others of that round?!

    June 5, 2010 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
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