Chicago & Atlanta Spelling Bee winners announced

Atlanta Spelling Bee winners

CHICAGO: The 2012 MetLife South Asian Spelling Bee continued its 11 city tour with two events in the Chicago & Atlanta areas.

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

“It is very heartening to see that each year we get fresh faces and new talent which is a continuing testimony to our community’s strength in this craft,” said Rahul Walia, Founder – South Asian Spelling Bee.

In Chicago, Sai Allu from Ballwin, MO was the regional champ and Roshni Asirvatham from Rochester, MN was the first runner up while Gokul Venkatachalam from Chesterfield, MO was second runner up.

“All of the children who participated in this year’s Spelling Bee demonstrated extraordinary language skills. Congratulations to the top spellers and all the families who took part, said Mahesh Desai, senior financial services executive, MetLife Financial Group of Houston.

In Atlanta, Sumedh Garimella from Duluth, GA was the regional champ and Sadhana Durbha from Suwanee, GA was first runner up while Prutha Patel from Fayetteville, NC was second runner up.

“Every family should be proud of the children who participated in the event. It was great to see such talented children and to share information with the parents about how they can plan ahead for the costs of college,” said Dibyendu De, Ph.D., financial services representative, MetLife Financial Group.

The winners received cash prizes of $500, $300 and $200 respectively.

Children up to 14 years of age are eligible to participate and the contest saw spellers of even 6 years of age compete and make it past a few rounds. There are 9 more cities on the anvil and for more information and to register your child, please visit

The top two winners plus one parent each from every city will be given an all expenses paid trip to NJ on August 17 for the finals.

The contest will be telecast globally on Sony Entertainment Television-ASIA.

India Post News Service 

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