New York student Arvind V. Mahankali, 13, wins Scripps National Spelling Bee

McClatchy Washington BureauMay 29, 2013 


Scripps National Spelling Bee winner Arvind Mahankali of Bayside Hills, New York receives the championship trophy from Rich Boehne, E.W. Scripps Company's chairman of the board, at the conclusion of the 2013 Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Maryland, Thursday, May 30, 2013.


Eleven spellers from seven states made it to the championship finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee Thursday night. But only one of them won the championship: Arvind V. Mahankali, sponsored by the New York Daily News. This was the Queens, N.Y., student's fourth appearance in the Bee; he placed third the last two years in a row.

There were 281 teens and tweens who qualified to compete in the annual event, held in Maryland.

Relive the highlights:

Two of the 10 championship finalists talk about the experience:

Related: Watch video profiles of more contestants

Dr. Jacques Bailly, official pronouncer for the Bee, explains his job:

Photos, videos and stories from the Bee:

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