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. Taylor

    Congratulations Anamika, your victory is no doubt a reflection of your intelligence and work ethic! However, I will say that spelling is one of the most worthless talents in and of itself, especially with word processing. But, if we're to be honest, so are virtually all other talents that are lauded – the fastest person to swim, the person who can hit a white ball with a metal club into a cup the quickest – they are all worthless talents. So, you're victory should be celebrated as a reflection of your intelligence and work ethic. My point is that these talents you have would have been better spent on something more worthwhile and meaningful. But you're only 14 – so there's plenty of time for that!

    June 5, 2010 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
    • MD

      Congratulations to Anamika!!!
      This is not a worthless talent. These kids have acquired very important skills that is discipline, hard work, dedication....in fact we can say Olympic games are also worthless, which in fact is not true.

      June 5, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. Terry W. Brookman

    Who cares what nationality or race she is that's not the point. The point is some kid educated in America won and that is a big deal. Either someone is sacrificing a lot to put their child in private school or this child managed to work thou all the BS in a public school. Hooray for her and her parents!

    June 5, 2010 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. shawn

    another indian...so i guess obama was right when he said "indians and chinese are moving ahead of american"

    June 5, 2010 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
    • galaxy

      God Bless! Atleast now you started realizing Obama is for real!

      June 5, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. Terry W. Brookman

    Taylor you are an idiot

    June 5, 2010 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. Sean P

    Congrats Anamika!!! Congrats to all the participants too!! My best wishes to all the kids and their parents/teachers and other supporters who worked so hard for the participants.

    Being a first generation american indian I can say that I value the hard work which I put in to come and do good in USA. I also try to impart the same ideals to my kids. Whether they will live up to them is a different matter, but I will at least try till the very end. I am sure other immigrants who have come to USA have done so/ are doing so for their kids. Honestly that is what matters, be it immigrant or native, as long as you can spend time with your kids be it sports or education or anything else, they will continue to blossom

    June 5, 2010 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
  6. Dave

    Indians are smart. Here is WA state over 50% of Microsoft employees are Indian.
    Most come with H1-B visas, get sponsored my Microsoft for a green card.

    June 5, 2010 at 2:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Pj

      Thank you. Now I know why MS is falling behind Apple. Cheap labor only helps your bottomline.

      June 5, 2010 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
    • galaxy

      Indians are hardworking because they we brought up like that...so were white/black americans who started industrial revolution back then

      June 5, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Actually, Apple has a lot of employees that are Indian too. So does google. The managers for ipads and iphones are Indian too.

      June 5, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      If I remember correctly, India has the highest rate of computer qualified students in the world right now.

      June 5, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. guin

    I am not biased, but there is no smartest. When u used at extrem your brain u will be smart. Brain is like a farm land u need fertilizer and u need to move soil, that isn't come overnight u need to work hard for it. Memorize think is slightly different to be smart. Smart person find narrow aspect of the thing among the broad aspect.
    Thanks guys

    June 5, 2010 at 4:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. guin

    Congratulation Anamika you deserve it , u work for it. Dont be proud guys because she is indian or whoever, however be proud for her work and talent she brought , that's her brain not yours. Of course she can be role-model for others kids wherever they are.

    June 5, 2010 at 4:20 am | Report abuse |
  9. koomar

    she will be our next president!

    June 5, 2010 at 4:44 am | Report abuse |
    • USMC79

      hahahahhhahhahahaaa, that's a good one!!!!

      June 5, 2010 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
  10. poulose

    Congratulations !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Good Job.

    June 5, 2010 at 5:38 am | Report abuse |
    • rudjs

      Why not ? think 2049

      June 5, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  11. Manickam Vijayabanu

    Congratulations Anamika....!!!
    Truly awesome..!! Just ignore any worthless comments and Keep up the good work..

    Your victory is no doubt a reflection of your hardwork and DEDICATION...!!!

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

      your name should be spelt in the contest

      June 5, 2010 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Homer500

      galaxy - awesome! Thanks for the laugh.

      June 6, 2010 at 3:43 am | Report abuse |
  12. USMC79

    Why is the winner always some Indian kid??

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

      dude it's Indian-American or plainly call her American

      June 5, 2010 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  13. Lee Miles

    I see white kids smoking or fooling around on the mall parking lot at 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays. NO kidding these are 12 to 16 year olds, boys and girls. So, there goes parenting.

    June 5, 2010 at 5:51 am | Report abuse |
  14. Tiluy


    June 5, 2010 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |
    • WS

      All you are is jealous and prejudice. Learn to appreciate one's success. Be happy for the kid. So what if she's smarter than you (people who calls someone a "nerd" means means the person who they called "nerd" is smarter than him). So all I'm sayin' is don't be hating.

      June 5, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      Yep and you could find yourself working for her, or someone like her, one day.

      June 5, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dan

    12 and 16 that's old, you see little 18 month old babys selling crack on the corner at 2am in my neighborhood.

    June 5, 2010 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
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