The Winner of 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. – Anamika Veeramani
June 7, 2010 1 Comment
Anamika Veeramani, a 14-year-old girl from Ohio, won the 83rd Scripps National Spelling Bee over the weekend at Washington’s Grand Hyatt Hotel.
The competition began with 273 spellers and ended with just one: Veeramani, who correctly spelled “stromuhr,” defined by Merriam-Webster as “a rheometer designed to measure the amount and speed of blood flow through an artery.”
Veeramani, an eighth-grade student, hopes to become a “cardiovascular surgeon, an author and a screenwriter.”
This year’s contestants included 20 spellers who have had at least one relative compete in previous national finals.
The field was fairly evenly divided between the sexes, with 144 boys (52.7 percent) and 129 girls (47.3 percent).
Local speller Lanson Tang, from Potomac, placed fifth. He missed “leishmanic,” meaning one bitten by a certain group of parasites.
Other Washington-area spellers at the Scripps National Spelling Bee:
- Faith Audreylee Ruppert, Annapolis
- Robert Palmisano, Baltimore
- Sam Osheroff, Columbia
- Joanne C. Lee, Hagerstown
- Elozino Ahworegba, Laurel
- Jared M. Franz, Lexington Park
- Surjo Bandyopadhyay, Prince Frederick
- Dang-Quang K. Tran, Waldorf
- Avery Jayron Coffey, Washington
- Sarah Anne Allen, Charlottesville
- Matthew Raymond Zisi, Fredericksburg
- Baylor Towne, Hampton
- Andrew Mark Taylor, Harrisonburg
- James M. Forcier, Leesburg
- Mary-Michael Robertson, Lynchburg
- Walter J. Francis, Norfolk
- Tim Ruiter, Reston
- Ryan Oppenheim, Richmond
- Amelia Wentzel, Roanoke
- Kyle Allen Wolford, Tazewell
- Samuel George Estep, Winchester
- Deborah Kirstin Horton, Woodbridge