Arvind Mahankali

NYC Spelling Bee

2 NYC Spelling Bee Winners Move On To National Championship

The day started with 68 competitors. The pack was eventually whittled down to one, but the two runners up didn’t make it easy for fifth grader Anil Singh.


Arvind Mahankali of Bayside Hills, Queens meets Mayor Bloomberg at City Hall, June 4, 2013. (credit: NYC Mayor's Office)

Spelling Bee Winner From Queens Honored At City Hall

Arvind Mahankali from Bayside Hills correctly spelled “knaidel,” a German-derived Yiddish word for a small mass of leavened dough, to win the 86th version of the competition.


Arvind V. Mahankali, representing New York, thinks during the championship round at the Scripps National Spelling Bee May 30, 2013 in National Harbor, Maryland. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

New York City’s Arvind Mahankali Wins Scripps National Spelling Bee

After years of heartbreakingly close calls, Arvind Mahankali conquered his nemesis, German, to become the champion speller in the English language.


Arvind Mahankali (credit: CBS 2)

Arvind Mahankali Wins New York Spelling Bee For 3rd Straight Time

Arvind said he got his first taste of spelling success — in his words — “a long time back in 2nd grade,” when his teacher held a class spelling bee.