Saturday, May 30, 2009

2009 SCRIPPS SPELLING BEE CHAMP!

SCRIPPS NATIONAL SPELLING BEE

Speller No. 110, Kavya Shivashankar, 1st place

Age 13, 8th grade

School: California Trail Junior High School

Hometown: Olathe, Kansas


Kavya enjoys practicing her violin, bicycling, swimming, and learning Indian classical dance. She names Nupur Lala, the 1999 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion, as her role model and the inspiration for her spelling career. She has plans for her future career as well: She looks forward to becoming a neurosurgeon. Kavya participated in the 2006, 2007, and 2008 national finals—tying for 10th, 8th, and 4th place, respectively.

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