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82nd Scripps National Spelling Bee

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Date  May 26-29, 2009
Age  13
Sponsor  The Olathe News
Winner  Kavya Shivashankar
Residence  Olathe, Kansas
82nd Scripps National Spelling Bee
Location  Grand Hyatt Washington, Washington, D.C.

The 82nd Scripps National Spelling Bee took place between May 26, 2009, and May 28, 2009, and involved 293 participants.



The winner was Kavya Shivashankar. Her winning word was Laodicean. She was sponsored by The Olathe News. She won $35,000 in cash and more than $5,000 in prizes. The runners-up were Aishwarya Pastapur, who misspelled menhir, and Tim Ruiter, who misspelled Maecenas. This was Kavya's fourth appearance in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Six of the top ten spellers, including the winner, were Indian-American.

The standings were as follows:

  • 1. Kavya Shivashankar of Olathe, Kansas.
  • 2. (tie) Tim A. Ruiter of Centreville, Virginia.
  • 2. (tie) Aishwarya Eshwar Pastapur of Springfield, Illinois.
  • 4. Kyle M. Mou of Peoria, Illinois.
  • 5. (tie) Anamika Veeramani of North Royalton, Ohio
  • 5. (tie) Kennyi Kwaku Aouad of Terre Haute, Indiana.
  • 5. (tie) Ramya Auroprem of San Jose, California.
  • 8. (tie) Neetu Chandak of Seneca Falls, New York.
  • 8. (tie) Sidharth Chand of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
  • 8. (tie) Serena Skye Laine-Lobsinger of West Palm Beach, Florida.
  • 11. Tussah Heera Adi of Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • TV coverage

    The Championship Finals aired live on ABC from 8:00 PM to shortly after 10:00 p.m. EDT and were hosted by Tom Bergeron.


    82nd Scripps National Spelling Bee Wikipedia

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