New Jersey Indian-Americans Shruthika Padhy of Cherry Hill and Christopher Serrao of Whitehouse Station made history by jointly winning the 2019 Spelling Championship along with six other spelling bee contestants.
2019 National Spelling Bee Champions from New Jersey
After a slump of 13 long years, New Jersey once again became the home of Spelling Bee Champions.
Thirteen year old eighth grader Katharine “Kerry” Close from Spring Lake, NJ was the first one from the state to win 2006 Spelling Bee Championship.
2019 New Jersey Spelling Bee Champions & their Winning Words
Shruthika Padhy and Christopher Serrao of NJ jointly won the 2019 Spelling Championship along with five other Indian-Americans Rishik Gandhasri of CA, Saketh Sundar of MD, Sohum Sukhatankar, Abhijay Kodali and Rohan Raja of TX and an American Erin Howard of AL.
* Cherry Hill, New Jersey Indian kid Shruthika Padhy (13) was the fourth one to join the 2019 Spelling Bee Octo-champs. Aiguillette was the winning word of this eighth grade student from Rosa International Middle School.
* Whitehouse Station, NJ seventh grader Christopher Serrao (13) spelled Cernuous correctly to join the 2019 Spelling Bee Octo-champs.
Other Indian-American Spelling Bee Champs
Indian-Americans have been basically competing against each other in recent years.
Here’s a list of Indian-American Spelling Bee champions since 2000:
2018 – Karthik Nemmani
2017 – Ananya Vinay
2016 – Jairam Hathwar & Nihar Janga
2015 – Gokul Venkatachalam & Vanya Shivashankar
2014 – Ansun Sujoe & Sriram Hathwar
2013 – Arvind Mahankali
2012 – Snigdha Nandipati
2011 – Sukanya Roy
2010 – Anamika Veeramani
2009 – Kavya Shivashankar
2008 – Sameer Mishra
2005 – Anurag Kashyap
2003 – Sai R.Gunturi
2002 – Pratyush Buddiga
2000 – George Abraham Thampy