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.