Will an Indian Win the Somerset County Scripps Spelling Bee?

Somerset County’s young Indians must be feverishly preparing for SCLSNJ Bee Spectacular, a county­-wide Scripps Spelling Bee competition for children grades 3­-8.

New Jersey Indians take the Scripps Spelling Bee very, very seriously and have tried hard to take the top honors at the national level every year. But they have failed so far.

Will 2016 be the year that an Indian from New Jersey becomes the national Spelling Bee champion?

So far New Jersey has had an unimpressive record at the national Spelling Bee with only one winner in 90 years (Kerry Close, 2006).

SCLSNJ Bee Spectacular

Somerset County Library System of New Jersey will host the SCLSNJ Bee Spectacular competition at the Montgomery High School auditorium (1016 County Road 601, Skillman) , on March 4, 2016 at 7PM.

At the end of November 2015, 17 Somerset County schools had registered to participate in the SCLSNJ Bee Spectacular.

Somerset County schools have until December 11 to register for the SCLSNJ Bee Spectacular.

The county library system will pay for the winner of SCLSNJ Bee Spectacular to participate in the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.

The county library system will award additional prizes.

If you want more information, contact Somerset County Library System of New Jersey at spellingbee@sclibnj.org or call 908­-801­-6465.

Spelling Bee – Indian Monopoly

In recent years, Indian-Americans have established a monopoly over the national Spelling Bee.

So it would not be surprising for Somerset County Indians to have started preparing for the 2016 Spelling Bee two years back.

Barring a major upset, an Indian-American will most likely be the winner of the SCLSNJ Bee Spectacular.

The last eight national Spelling Bee champions were Indian-Americans.

In 2015, two Indian-Americans (Vanya Shivashankar and Gokul Venkatachalam) jointly won the Spelling Bee.

Recent Indian-American Spelling Bee Champs
2015 – Gokul Venkatachalam and Vanya Shivashankar
2014 – Sriram Hathwar and Ansun Sujoe
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

It’s unimaginable that an Indian-American will not win the 2016 national Spelling Bee championship.

Update: Somerset County 2016 Spelling Bee Winners:

WinnerHenry Banta, Grade 8, Franklin Middle School, Franklin
Second PlaceShreyan Das, Grade 7, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional Middle School, Bridgewater
Third PlaceAnmol Bhatia, Grade 5, Franklin Middle School, Franklin

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