spelling bee

Spelling champ Arvind Mahankali talks win, first taste of knaidel
Spelling champ Arvind Mahankali talks win, first taste of knaidel
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 6/05/2013 at 10:01AM

Victory is as savory as a k-n-a-i-d-e-l. Teen whiz Arvind Mahankali tried his first Matzo ball after correctly spelling the above synonym for the dish to win this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee. “It was actually very good,” said the 13-year-old from Bayside. “It tasted excellent.” Arvind, who swallowed the whole bowl, has been eating [...]

Queens speller Arvind Mahankali ready for next year’s bee
Queens speller Arvind Mahankali ready for next year’s bee
News Billy Rennison 6/08/2012 at 1:19PM

Queens whiz Arvind Mahankali will never forget how to spell “schwannoma.” Mahankali’s spellbinding run at the Scripps National Spelling Bee ended in third place for the second consecutive year after misspelling the word as s-c-h-v-o-n-o-m-a and hearing the dreaded ding of elimination. “I tried an educated guess, but I was not completely sure,” said Mahankali, [...]

Queens whiz Arvind Mahankali places third at Scripps National Spelling Bee for 2nd straight year
Queens whiz Arvind Mahankali places third at Scripps National Spelling Bee for 2nd straight year
Education & Kids Billy Rennison 6/01/2012 at 9:58AM

Queens whiz Arvind Mahankali will never forget how to spell “schwannoma.” For the second straight year, Mahankali placed third at the Scripps National Spelling Bee after misspelling the word s-c-h-v-o-n-o-m-a and hearing the dreaded ding of elimination. Mahankali came in ninth in 2010. For his spellbinding run, Mahankali won $7,500. The 12-year-old wordsmith advanced to the national [...]

The ‘spell’ of success: Queens kid competes in city-wide spelling bee
The ‘spell’ of success: Queens kid competes in city-wide spelling bee
Education & Kids Alexa Altman 3/26/2012 at 12:44PM

Mitchell Leung has the borough spellbound. The fifth-grade student from P.S. 499 and North Flushing native recently competed in the city-wide spelling bee, after taking home top honors at the Queens Bee. Mitchell’s favorite subject in school has always been reading, estimating that he owns over several hundred books. He tends to favor science fiction [...]