Odisha girl among 8 champions of National Spelling Bee in USA

Bhubaneswar: Odisha girl Shruthika Padhy created history when she was declared co-champion with seven other participants in Scripps National Spelling Bee contest.

Shruthika is a resident of New Jersey and a student of Rosa International Middle School. She spelled the words, ‘limitrophe’, ‘aiguillette’ and ‘therblig’ correctly to lift the prestigious trophy.

This was her fourth year at this high-pressure and renowned contest. The 13-year-old speller first entered the test in 2016 and secured 22nd position. She then improved her score to reach the 17th position in 2017. Last year, she bagged the 10th place.

She had been hoping to win this coveted trophy last two years, said her father, Umashankar Padhy, who graduated in Electrical Engineering from UCE in Burla of Sambalpur district.

The winners will receive a cash award of 50,000 $ cash.

Held at Gayland National Resort in National Harbour of Oxon Hill Maryland in the USA, eight champions were declared for the first time in the history of the 94-year-old Scripps National Spelling Bee competition. This year, the annual contest saw the participation of 557 spellers ranging from 7 years to 14 years.

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