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. Dan

    No kidding

    June 5, 2010 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dan

    On a school night

    June 5, 2010 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. BUDDHA SMILES

    ohh babie... this is great stuff... sky is the limit...NO... kids like anamika go far beyond...

    June 5, 2010 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. not well either

    pay attention, Ohio lead the nation

    all this crap about the coasts

    June 5, 2010 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  5. why not be a racist?

    really, what is the harm, if race is not the subject of bad comments, something else will be

    racism is at least obvioius and blatantly stupid, other things might not be

    June 5, 2010 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. OhioPatti

    CONGRATULATIONS ANAMIKA!!! You must be so happy with at this time! Your family must be very proud! Kudos to the North Royalton School System teachers, too!

    June 5, 2010 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  7. ravi kureti

    Congrats Anamika Veeramani

    June 5, 2010 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  8. Rath

    I could never fully comprehend this nearly the most American of all obsessions – the Spelling Bees. Nowdays, that is. The way the person spells no longer reflects the educational level, the literacy, not even the class. That's because they now cram for it, they turned the spelling away from reading. There is no such profession as a "The Speller" (and even the exciting job of the Copy Editor requires more than spelling). A Spelling Bee is an educational dead-end, a mockery of a true literacy.

    June 5, 2010 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Dexter

      Totally true. As a university professor I have had a chance to work with some of those super spellers (not national champions, though) and other "academic achievers" where the measuring stick was memorizing or otherwise absorbing existing knowledge. These kids typically get stuck when the objective is to invent, create new things or solve problems. In fact, I have learned over the years to carefully scrutinize such studets before admitiing them to my research group, because they usually (no always of course) end up wasting taxpayers dollars. Spelling is simply an artifact of a badly constrcuted language and this "skill" is by and large worthless in modern times. I just hope that this girl is as good of a problem solver so that society will have some benefit from her.

      June 5, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mary

    Congrats to Anamika! Great job, and congrats to all of the other kids. Loved the support and appreciation they showed to the other spellers.

    I was appalled by the TV coverage of the finals. Could it have been any more disruptive or distracting?! Shame on ABC.

    June 5, 2010 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  10. Marty

    Slumdog Spellionnaire!

    June 5, 2010 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
    • WS

      First of all she probably isn't a slumdog, but she is a spellionare (like you said).

      June 5, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mic

    Atleast someone from Cleveland is winning..... the Browns and Cavs just wont do it.

    June 5, 2010 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  12. Irene

    As a family member whose kids go to Anamika's school–Incarnate Word Academy–I just want to congratulate her and her entire school community. They are all a great bunch of kids who watched her on television yesterday as school was ending for the semester and cheered her on–parents included since we were there for an academic honors assembly. I'm a professor of English in Massachusetts visiting my nieces and nephews in Ohio and I thought I would read these comments to see a positive story for once. Instead, I saw a lot of ill-thought out logic and just plain nastiness that I would never accept, even in a first year writing class. A 14 year girl had the best day of her life so far and some of you decided to rain on her parade in the meanest way you could. I hope you are proud of yourselves. Very sad.

    June 5, 2010 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  13. Steve Dayton

    Congratulations Animka ... there has been much reference to her race, but I believe it is not race but her *culture* that makes the difference. Asian cultures seem to value education much more so than the American culture. We are much too obsessed with spending inordinate amounts of resources (i.e., time and money) on sports, video games and other time wasters.

    June 5, 2010 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jim, Los Alamos, NM

    America is still the Land of Opportunity and the opportunity is available to all. Congratulations Anamika Veeraman!

    June 5, 2010 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  15. iceaxdave

    CNN refuses to run gaff by Helen Thomas....saying that Israelis should "go back where they came from". Thomas is Lebanese...maybe she should go back where she came from...and tell this Indian girl to do the same...liberal, ideologically validated racism has got to stop....and CNN will not take a stand...because they are a major offender!

    June 5, 2010 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
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