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. Melora, Longwood, Florida

    Congratulations Anamika on your success last night. Kepp studying....

    June 5, 2010 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. Elitist

    Remember what your mother used to say, "Finish your vegetables, think of the poor Indian starving kids". The new saying is finish your homework, else the Indian kids will starve you. LOL

    June 5, 2010 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
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      June 5, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Desi

      What would you choose : Compete with democratic Indian kids or fanatic kids from islamic countries ?

      June 5, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. inspired

    Congratulations Anamika! You and your parents inspire us all to encourage our kids and show them that hard work does pay off. Keep up the great work!

    June 5, 2010 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. Hemi

    Maybe my age group is different so I am not able to get the arguments being put forward. But first thing if you have done any form of vocabulary preparation is that while learning English words one not only learn's Latin root meaning but also roots of all different languages of the world .Thus ,Vocabulary learning is the celebration of world and its different language forms . To think it is just by-rote is what it takes – then it is being very ignorant. It is like saying hitting home runs is all about power. This curiousity of mind during vocabulary learning takes these youngsters to fields in medicine ,engineering ,movie making enabling them to be productive society members. Only one wins the Bee but so many who strive are held in good stead for future. So lets celebrate Anamika and support our kids to be curious about the world around us .

    June 5, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  5. x-rev

    It was nice to see this nationally televised, but I have to say it was hard to watch, since the commentators talked while words were being spelled, and then the producers felt the need to have 4 to 8 commercials in between words.

    June 5, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. CJ

    It's not about race; it's never about race although we like to think it is. It seems that in some cultures education and academics are of the highest priority. I believe any child, regardless of race or ethnicity, can accomplish the same goals as this girl if they possess the talent and the commitment to the task. I'm sure Anamika worked non-stop and gave up many extracurricular activites to reach this goal. Good for her! Congratulations Anamika!

    June 5, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. Max

    Indians are smart, but my they have zero personality.

    June 5, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  8. Vinsta

    Congrulations Anamika Veeramani from Ohio! We're all proud of your accomplishment. Keep it up! In the future we're going to need people like you. You're an inspiration to everyone especially Americans. Once again congratulations on such a huge achievement.

    June 5, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  9. AJ

    Balu Natarajan, Kavya shivsankar, Anamica Veeramani.. winners of the Spelling Bee contest for the past three years are from the Southern state of Tamil Nadu in India. We are proud of them

    June 5, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Desi

      You seem to miss the point AJ. All the past winners are Americans first. Their parents may have come from Tamil Nadu state of India. I am happy to note that you did not mention a city/district/village and a particular race within Tamils (Vaishnavites, Shaivites, etc).
      All that matters is that a hardworking kid succeeded; where she/he comes from does not matter – if you understand that !!!!

      June 5, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Agathon

      You idiot Tamil, what does it have anything to do with being tamil. And Kavya is not tamil...

      June 5, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mo

      You forget one important fact, and that is both her parents are professionals ( in all probabilities) and were chosen to come here. This does not represent the general population.

      June 5, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. MrSam

    I have had many Asian & Indian students & they were all excellent students, wanting to learn & parents making sure they learn. They learn English before coming to America. This is not the same with Hispanic students that don't want to learn or even speak English. School to them is a social duty they have to attend, but not participate in with the want to learn & better themselves. I am not talking about all Hispanics as there aremany that do, but they are the minority of Hispanics students.

    June 5, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  11. Aneesh Kumar

    Kudos to Anamika, but the spelling bee is a useless content. It's "Jeopardy" for the brainy set. Memorizing dictionaries and roots of millions of words, when most of this information is available online, is a waste of time.

    June 5, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  12. MoeSyszlak

    Congrats, kid!

    June 5, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. Yoga

    Only in America whoever have the talent, hardworking ethic, intelligent can reach their dream. For example our president. The press and short mined people have to stop painting Ethnic and Race in anybody success. Rather than spending time in Grand Auto theft and game consuls better spend more time in studying then every student can win.

    June 5, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  14. chandra

    congratulations Anamica. If anyone is wondering , Anamica translates to Mirage in English.

    June 5, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  15. Dan

    The first Ohesian winner of the national Bee since William Kerek back in 1964!

    My brother worked for William Kerek's father at a drug store in Bath, Ohio. Long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away...

    June 5, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
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