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. babt

    congrats anamika,
    parenting is bottom line,that reflects the results in children.we should spend more time with children and enjoy their susccess.that needs lot of sacrifise from parents.most of the kids are smart but hard work is the key.

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

    Anamita did a great job. Any people who say that she didn't is an idiot. Anamita worked hard and got what she deserved. i bet that anyone who posted that is jealous because Indian-Americans are pushing their limits so that they can be the best. If there is an argument to that, the person who says it is jealous and probably has never been the best at anything. Adults as well as children. What will they think about the other Asian kids? You were AWESOME Anamita! You should be very proud!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 5, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. Manny HM

    In this type of endeavor, let's not forget a quotation from Thomas Alva Edison – "1 % inspiration and 99 % perspiration !
    It's not only a school project. The whole family is involved and the whole Indian-American nationwide is involved. There's a separate Indian-American Spelling Bee contest they hold. What most children devout to sports with its camps and clinics, they devote to academics. She harvested the fruit of her labor. Congrats.

    June 5, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. babt

    ethenic background does it make difference, probably yes,its not a coincidence that 8 out of 12 times.es race is the factor big noooooo.

    June 5, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. james Worden

    Although my wife is a public school teacher and believes strongly in the public system it seems that a disproportionate number of spelling bee winners have been home-schooled, and that home-schooling is become more popular. What is Anamika's educational background?

    June 5, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • homeschoolmom

      Anamika attends private school. For the record, out of the 273 spellers, approximately 11% are homeschooled. The population of homeschoolers in the US in general is roughly 2-3%, so they were well represented at the bee.

      June 13, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Desi

    Congrats Anamika !!! We all Americans are proud of you. Great job done by your parents, teachers and schood mates. You have shown that even after loosing (you lost last year), a person can come back – if they continue the effort without loosing hope for the final goal.
    Great job and good luck for the future !!! You can now concentrate on becoming the cardio surgeon that you want to be...

    June 5, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. Glenn Andrews

    I have always found that the Spelling Bee was one of the most ridiculous contests in academia.

    The reason is that the English alphabet is inadequate for the phonics involved.

    Secondly, the words that are in this contest are words that are commonly not used in the English language. Ochidore? Terribilita? These are scientific and literary terms, not words used by even the smartest of people. What is the use of knowing these terms.

    Why dont they make the spelling bee a game show? because it would be tedious and ungodly boring, that's why.

    I knew that the winner was going to be an Indian. That's all their kids seem to do is study, study and then more study. She's 14, she's young and life is brief and time is short. She should be enjoying her life with friends, activities, games and fun, instead of sitting in some dank library seeking out obscure words from a Websters Dictionary. The Spelling Bee is an idiotic contest that does nothing to improve educational standards in this country.

    June 5, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Dexter

      Amen, my friend!

      June 5, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam Johnson

      What are these activities that she could be doing? Not everyone enjoys physically. What is wrong with studying and reading books at that age. Maybe she considers reading dictionaries as a hobby.

      Now if she was the youngest golf sensation, then would you say that she should stop golfing and pursue math and science at her age?

      June 5, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Manny HM

      Perhaps this idea of studying the dictionary is the one that keeps these contestants out of trouble. Let's face it, it's words that rule our lives ! To these young minds, learning those words is child's play. Win or lose, preparing for the Spelling Bee is a winning idea in any field of endeavor.

      June 5, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Annamica

    Congratulations to her! Granted I only knew about her after others told me, but way to go...my namesake from the state of Ohio too!!! 🙂

    June 5, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  9. Dave

    Why is this news?? Who gives a s**t!!

    June 5, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  10. Fred Wilson

    Well that will make Cleveland feel better about loosing in the eastern conference semi's. (oh, and loosing LeBron, too). Just kidding, congratulations to this young lady.

    June 5, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  11. Just another parent

    Usual profile of such a kid: Most likely also good in Indian classical dance, good in science and math as well. Most likely will go to an Ivy league University.

    June 5, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  12. deb

    Congratulations, Anamika, you did great! Ignore all of the idiotic comments and just be proud of your accomplishment. There is definitely an art and/or talent to being a good speller/writer. Many highly educated people are terrible spellers.

    June 5, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  13. Brad


    June 5, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  14. DavidReddy

    Dear CNN,

    Can you please give an Indian the equal opportunity to be a racist?

    June 5, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Singh

      Hey stupid Gulti.. why don't u pack ur bags and get ur as*s back to your village in Andhra ??

      June 6, 2010 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
    • DavidReddy

      Gulti? I have a lot of respect for Sardars. When people tell Sardar jokes, I tell them it is the heights of thanklessness. Sardars saved us from muslim invaders, and now some immature are making silly jokes on them. I tell my friends that I do not want to hear it. Mr. Singh, thank you for why my name name is Reddy and not Rehman today!!!!

      June 7, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
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