Karthik Nemmani, a soft-spoken eighth-grader from McKinney, was declared the champion in the 2018 edition of Scripps National Spelling Bee. Karthik wins $40,000 in cash, a trophy, encyclopedias and $2,500 savings bond. He didn’t win his regional spelling bee. He didn’t even win his county spelling bee. But he was still good enough to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Karthik Nemmani is the 14th consecutive Indian-American champion, and 19 of the past 23 winners have had Indian heritage.
Karthik Nemmani had to spell two words correctly to seal the title, which he did with ease, and the lanky, soft-spoken Texan stepped back and smiled as he was showered with confetti. His winning word was “koinonia,” which means Christian fellowship or communion. Karthik is the 14th consecutive Indian-American champion, and 19 of the past 23 winners have had Indian heritage.
Nemmani, who seemed unflustered for most part of the night in what was his first shot at the championship, sailed through by spelling words that most people have never heard or will ever hear: “condottiere” (a leader of a band of mercenaries common in Europe between the 14th and 16th centuries), “cendre” (azurite blue), and “ankyloglossia” (limited normal movement of the tongue).
Naysa Modi Full Biography:
|Date of birth||2004|
|School||Scoggins Middle School|
|Father’s Name||Krishna Nemmani|
|Mother’s Name||Saritha Pochampally|
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