Washington, Jun 3: It is truly India shining everywhere. For ages together, people around the world have gone ga-ga over Indian intellect, and here again we have an Indian girl who left behind 274 competitors cutting across country lines to win the prestigious 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Sukanya Roy, the 14-year old Indian origin girl from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, US spelled out the word 'cymotrichous' correctly to win the contest. She was emotionless right throughout the contest and after spelling out 'cymotrichous' correctly- she broke out in to a huge smile and admitted to have known the word.
Roy, an eight grader in Abington Heights Middle School, Newton Ransom, Pennsylvania, reads much more than a spelling bee as her profile states that she enjoys hiking, rock climbing and skating.
She also plays violin in her school orchestra and has previously won the individual portion of the Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter Mathcounts Competition. She speaks Bengali fluently and travels to India every year to visit her family.
Sukanya, was also a part of the 2009 and 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bees, winning the 12th place and 20th place respectively.
Scripps National Spelling Bee is US' largest and longest-running educational promotion, administered on a not-for-profit basis by The E.W. Scripps Company and local spelling bee sponsors in the United States, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Department of Defense Schools in Europe; also, the Bahamas, Canada, China, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea.