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. Phil C.

    "strohmuhr"? That's not even an English word. It's German, literally translated as "stream clock".

    June 5, 2010 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Dr. D.

      Oh, that's right, English has never adopted a German word before. Hamburger...delicatessen...frankfurter...wiener...stein...strudel...kraut...to name but a few must be French in origin.

      June 5, 2010 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
    • aslfaj

      HE said weiner!!!

      June 5, 2010 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
    • aslfaj

      I mean Wiener!!!

      June 5, 2010 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve, NC

      You are absolutely correct, Phil. I would love to know how the judges pronounced that word. In any case, congratulations to the young American/Indian lady from Ohio on a grand achievement

      June 5, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve, NC

      For all those ignorant people who criticize the effort it takes to win a spelling bee, I'd like to recommend a movie you can rent on netflix or elsewhere, called " Akeelah and the Bee ".

      June 5, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      Actually, Phil, it is an English word, derived from German. It is a device used to measure the amount and velocity of blood flow through an artery.

      June 5, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. david vignini

    Congratulations Anamika. This is a great achievement!

    June 5, 2010 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  3. karynm

    Woo-hoo!! What a fantastic win and I love the quote from her. It's wonderful to have kids like Anamika growing up in the US. Congratulations!!

    June 5, 2010 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. Akshay, Sacramento, California

    I am Indian American .. I wish i could just win the classroom spelling bee

    June 5, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
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      June 5, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. AJ

    Way to go! Congratulations!

    June 5, 2010 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  6. G

    guys, congratulate the winner. why does race enter in every conversation in this country. can we all not just get along? enjoy everyone's success, and encourage everyone that's trying (or should be).

    June 5, 2010 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. M.Layne

    Great Job Anamika! I know you and your parents are proud.

    June 5, 2010 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  8. Prakash V

    Congrats Anamika. Keep up the good work

    June 5, 2010 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  9. Prakash V

    Please note without struggle and try, you will never get in hand with free. All should appreciate the effort their parents put for her to come up at this age. Remember she's just 14..

    June 5, 2010 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  10. sandy

    Congratulations Anamika on a fantastic job. All of Ohio should be very proud of you. You have given North Royalton/Cleveland a National Champ!!!!!!

    June 5, 2010 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. Steven

    Yay Anamika! You're a star! Congratualtions! If I could shower you with confetti I would! I'm very happy for you.

    June 5, 2010 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  12. meaningfuluseofehr

    Great job..Really proud of you (and yes

    June 5, 2010 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  13. NG

    It should not be a surprise that, on average, immigrant parents tend to push their kids more on academics than both the families who have been here for generations and families that have stayed back in their home countries. The fact that these people strive hard to be successful and move to an entire new environment away from their home suggests that these parents will be more serious that their kids do well. They want their kids to be able to better themselves just like they did with their own lives.

    Having said that, it is also true that Indian American's have been dominating the spelling bee for last few years. Forget about the eventual winner which can be coincidental. But looking at top 10 from last 5 years, you will see Indian Americans have a significantly high hit rate than their pouplation in US.

    June 5, 2010 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. meaningfuluseofehr

    I am an Indian immigrant.. so a little biased too)..

    June 5, 2010 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  15. jj

    I agree with G. Why does the race even matter? Can't we just be happy for the winner and all those that even made it to the finals? Congrats Anamika...your DEDICATION and DETERMINATION have led you to this victory so be proud of your acheivement.

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