Arvind Mahankal W-I-N-S Scripps National Spelling Bee

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Arvind Mahankali, 13, of New York City, won the Scripps National Spelling Bee Thursday night. Mahankali barely cracked a smile after he correctly spelled “knaidel” to win more than $30,000 in cash and prizes and a huge trophy. Arvind finished third the two previous years, eliminated both times on German words.

In case you were wondering, “knaidel” is a German-derived Yiddish word for a matzo ball.

“I had begun to be a little wary of German words,” Arvind said. “But this year I prepared German words and I studied them, so when I got German words this year, I wasn’t worried.”


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