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South Asian Spellers Win the Spelling Bee, Maintaining Dominance

Indian America Left to right Bruhat Soma from Florida emerged as the winner


South Asian Wins the Spelling Bee, Maintaining Dominance. For the second time in the history of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, the competition ended in a spell-off, with South Asian American children taking center stage.

Bruhat Soma from Florida emerged victorious

Bruhat Soma from Florida emerged victorious after spelling an impressive 29 words correctly during the spell-off, narrowly defeating Faizan Zaki from Texas, who spelled 20 words correctly. The final round saw Soma correctly spelling “Hoofddorp” while Zaki spelled “nicuri,” leading to the spell-off that kept fans on the edge of their seats.

The Exciting Conclusion

The night began with eight finalists, including Soma, Zaki, and others who worked their way through the competition to reach the final round. By Round 14, only four spellers remained, with Soma and Zaki eventually facing off in the spell-off after acing their words.

Bruhat Soma, a 12-year-old seventh-grader from Tampa, Florida, clinched the victory, marking his fourth consecutive win after dominating three consecutive bees before the Scripps National Spelling Bee. His $50,000 cash prize and the Scripps Cup are a testament to his dedication and linguistic prowess.

Since third grade, winning the Bee has been Soma’s goal. After bowing out in the quarterfinals last year, he made a decision to “go hard” in preparation for the 2024 Bee to compensate for that performance.

Unprecedented Dominance

Bruhat’s victory continues a trend of South Asian American children excelling in the Spelling Bee, with 29 of the last 35 spelling champions being of Indian American descent. According to data from the Spelling Bee’s official records, Indian American children have consistently showcased their linguistic talents, with a remarkable 82.9% win rate over the past three and a half decades.

The intense competition and nail-biting finish underscore the dedication and talent of these young spellers, captivating audiences and showcasing their remarkable linguistic skills. As Bruhat celebrates his win and looks forward to a relaxing summer, his triumph reinforces the enduring legacy of South Asian American excellence in academic pursuits.

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