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Jul/09/2023 / by Abhijit Masih

Why South Asians dominate the Scripps National Spelling Bee

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The Scripps National Spelling Bee champion for 2023 is Dev Shah, a 14-year0old eighth-grader from Largo, FL. The competition has been dominated by the South Asian community for decades.

The annual competition, held each year since 1925, has become the favorite cerebral sport for the South Asian community—one in which they excel. From 2008 to 2019, the spelling bee winner was of South Asian descent. In 2019, seven out of the eight co-champions were Indian-American.

In the July issue of SEEMA, experts examine this phenomenon and what gives the South Asian community a clear advantage in this competition.

Explore the July 2023 issue of SEEMA here.


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