Hegemony! Kavya Shivashankar became the 8th Indian kid to win the Spelling Bee. (Sameer Mishra won it last year.)
She's a 13 year old from Olathe, Kansas. Kept spelling out every word on her palm. Amazing kid - really, all these kids just blew me away. ABC did a phenomenal job of presenting these kids as interesting, regular personalities. So far removed from just a few years ago, when the Spelling Bee was synonymous with useless regurgitation or a sport for the socially inept.
My only quibble was the requisite zoom in on the kids who'd just spelled a word wrong and were burying their faces in their hands. Give them their dignity, ABC.
Here's Kavya's word-journey to immortality:
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