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. vickeyd

    There will always , unfortunately, be bigrotry and racial profiling, until the world population becomes beige. Until then, We must all strive to see beyond color,and into the heart of a person.

    June 5, 2010 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  2. Paul

    We sure can spell here in Ohio.

    June 5, 2010 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Piyush Gupta

      You sure as heck can, Sir... Good for you guys :-)... Your weather may suck at times, but have to hand you the spelling skills...

      June 5, 2010 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
    • DIM

      nah.. your correct phrase is "the student of indian descent can spell in Ohio"... since no native english speaker from Ohio was in the spelling bee

      June 6, 2010 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. Savio

    Congratulations Anamika. Way to go!!!!

    June 5, 2010 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Prakash V

      Leave the race apart.. We all should Cheer for America. God Bless America and bring more cheers to America. No matter whatever race we are..

      Hope we will win the Football World cup too in South Africa

      June 5, 2010 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. fireybuddha

    with a name like that, it's no wonder the kid can spell. she had to learn just to get her name correct.

    June 5, 2010 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Abigail

      LOL! Thanks for the laugh!

      June 5, 2010 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. Bill

    I noticed that Anamika became the third consecutive Indian-American bee champion, and the eighth in the last 12 years. I need to make my kids work more hard like these Indians.

    June 5, 2010 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
    • b.diego

      Racist. What's up with all these racist people here.. why can't you say "I need to make my kids work more hard"? Too much indian nationalism..

      June 5, 2010 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  6. Sounthala

    Congrats. fellow Americans!

    June 5, 2010 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  7. MMR

    Congratulations Anamika, saw the championship it was filled with commercials .. anyways kudos to you. Keep up the good work.

    June 5, 2010 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  8. Bill

    b.diego ... you suck man, you talk of noble price, do u know that Gandhi the father of non-violence was never given a noble price for peace and our beloved president, who I respect a lot was given a noble price before even achieving anything.
    This shows you need to revisit school agan.

    June 5, 2010 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
    • LBelle

      Noble Price??? Probably you should get your spellings correct before you make your "kids work more hard like these Indians".
      Do read this and you might learn why Gandhi never got the NOBEL PRIZE.

      June 5, 2010 at 3:40 am | Report abuse |
  9. mikey

    OMG. Why is her ethnicity even an issue here people??? 14 year old spelling champion!! That's all that should matter! Geez !

    June 5, 2010 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jim

    Haha, I think it's funny that some people seem to take something that should be celebrated and turn it into a racist rant. All I can say is this girl worked hard and got what she deserved. And for the racist people who like to comment on this girl's race (even though she's an American), I think they are just bitter because they are getting left behind. Also, it is obvious that any immigrant knows MUCH more about American history than these racist people posting on this board, because they would know that this is a country of immigrants, so they are actually just insulting their own ancestors. I hope Roy and Kevin continue to blame everyone else for their lack of hard work, because while they waste their time hating so much they will continue to be lapped over and over again by Indians, Chinese, African-Americans, Mexicans, AND other hard working Caucasians. Congrats Anamika!

    June 5, 2010 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  11. Raghu Bala

    Roy T. American you have misspelled "their" as "there" , "American" as "Americian", and have some grammar errors to boot 🙂
    "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 1:25 am | Report abuse |
    • tunter

      Congrats Anamika,
      One thing I would like to say that i noticed, fresh immigrants always work hard, as they came to this country nothing other couple of suitcases and they build their life brick by brick from there on. Of course they have to work their back off and be mindful of the consequences of their actions. Their kids are theirs only precious things.
      We, Nth generations, Americans have lot to whine about. We whine for grades with our professors at school and gossip about all the what not crap. If we spend at least this time on our kids they sure will be different and America would be better place, with high morals, like in our good old days.
      And one more thing we love to glue our self to TV when our favorite sports team is on. We are pure examples of idiots on earth as they (Sports celebrities) are making money while we are wasting our time watching TV. We buy video games and all the Toys R Us so they don’t bother us, this is what 90% of us Americans are today. We engage less with our kids more with TV or computer.

      June 5, 2010 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  12. Rohin

    It seems she is third american of Indian decent to win this contest. Anamika is American. No kid in India is not that good in spelling contest. Infact they don't bother. She won because she is american and not otherwise.

    June 5, 2010 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
    • human

      how could you say about the indian kids, of whom you dont know? you people always engage yourselves in criticising others........how can you generalise a thing? better engage yourself in any thing worthy than criticising others on the basis of any thing.the thing you want to make a note is how could your fellow human brain work so smart and not yours? this is a matter of a human being.it doest matter weather it is he or she or he/she belong to which country...........ok?

      June 9, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kush

    Congrats to Anamika!!! Im an American from Indian Origin!!! I congratulate Anamika's parents, her teachers & the people who must've supported where she has reached today... All the knowledge she received throughout these years!!! Before we pass a racist comment... Lets think about where she got the education from- 1. Her parents (Born Indian, However, Living in America) 2. Her teachers (Americans from different origin) 3. Her friends & relatives (Living in America). My Point is that She is just a kid who is trying to make her parents proud, lets not put racism & capitalism & all other crap on her head. Lets not blame our past goverments decisions on the current government & the people of India.

    June 5, 2010 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
  14. Michael

    "Indians are 0.66% of the U.S. population."
    This is "the fifth time in seven years in which a child from that ethnic group has won"
    WSJ – http://www.opinionjournal.com/taste/?id=110006801

    Making observations about race, culture, or ethnicity is not inherently racist. It is not necessarily belittling this girls amazing accomplishment, of which she should be proud. However, when patterns like this emerge, why not try to understand if there are cultural or sociological factors involved? Maybe there are cultural values that could be transferred to the larger population. Or maybe it just is a very unlikely coincidence.

    June 5, 2010 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
    • jugjug

      Well said. This is one of the best comments on this thread.

      June 5, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Dana

      I don't think there's anything wrong with it either – seems like a fitting response. Actually, it's the gratuitous and uncalled for cries of racism that disturb me, especially when real, undeniable racism still exists.

      Someone should also do a study on the percentage of Indian-American owned businesses that succeed. My bet is that it is significantly higher than other businesses in general.

      Congratulations Anamika. Well done!

      June 5, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sunil

      Good comment so far. Let's congratulate Anamika for her success as an Americans. I am also migrant Indian. I am very grateful to America and specially American people. Success of migrated people from another country or within the country from other states etc is very natural process. Whole America was once a migrant community. They worked hard and over the decades after settling down got little easy where the following generations did not do as good as the previous generations. Same is happening is as far Indian or Chinese migrants are concerned. Their 2nd or 3rd generations might do better than anyone else but who knows what will happen next? The 1st generation immigrants always work hard and if you are lucky 2nd and 3rd would repeat the same and we melt in the pot, whether it is America or any other place on earth. Mumbai is striking example where people who came from other parts of the country have made enormous progress. Local people should learn from them and make efforts to do the same. In America same thing applies too.

      June 5, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Andrew

    Much as I applaud kudos for any kid that works hard at learning, I am not supportive of having kids spend dozens of hours a week rote-learning the spelling of words. Analysis has been done on "spelling bee" champs and the results are not positive. Why does anyone believe that learning the spelling of thousands and thousands of words creates and ability anything other than that able by a machine? It does not create understanding, insight or any other higher level capability. Shame on the parents for having their kids focus on something so incredibly useless. If they cared for education and learning, they would have their children do something much more productive.

    June 5, 2010 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      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 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • doc

      If it is "incredibly useless" then I cannot imagine the apparent use of thousands of man hours people spend watching someone throw a ball through a hoop or hit a ball with a bat. Next time a life and death decision is being made in the hospital would you rather have this kid put her "rote memorization" skill to use and save a life or have her take it easy and let the patient go? Its her day, she did something fantastic.

      June 5, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
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