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South Asian Spelling Bee winners named

(L-R) Vandana Walia (New Jersey Regional Judge), Sujata Choudhury (First Runner Up), Nitya Kathiravan (Regional Champion) and Louise Silverman (New Jersey Regional Judge).

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Continuing its quest for the best speller in the community, the 2018 South Asian Spelling Bee traveled to Texas and New Jersey this past weekend with stops in Dallas and New Brunswick.

With a huge turnout this year, the Bee attracted some top talent as well as young and new spellers that competed for the coveted prizes and titles.

At the Dallas Regional, current Scripps National Champion and South Asian Spelling Bee alumnus Karthik Nemmani was at hand to interact with spellers and parents. Having attended the South Asian Spelling Bee for 5 years, Nemmani had specific insights about his experience at the event and its contribution to his success.

“The South Asian Spelling Bee gave me exposure and a competitive edge that other bees lacked,” he told a gathering at the regional.

Sohum Sukhatankar (12) of Dallas, Texas was the regional champ and Rohan Raja (12) of Irving, Texas, was the first runner up at the Dallas Regional.

In New Jersey, Nitya Kathiravan (9) of Edison, New Jersey was the regional champ and Sujata Choudhury (11) of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, was the first runner-up.

The event is open to children of South Asian descent up to 14 years of age. It will give South Asian children a chance to test their spelling skills in their core peer group.

Organized by Touchdown Media Inc., the South Asian Spelling Bee is celebrating its 11th anniversary this year and with regionals being held in 6 locations across the United States. Regional centers for this season include Washington, D.C. Metro, Charlotte, the Bay Area, Chicago, New Jersey, and Dallas.

The top two spellers of each regional competition will advance to the finals to be held in New Jersey in August. Champion’s grand prize of $3,000 will be awarded to the winner at the finals.

This year, the Bee is powered by Kawan–the world’s most popular ‘roti paratha’ brand. Sony Pictures Networks is the exclusive broadcast partner for the South Asian Spelling Bee and will be airing the series across 120 countries.