Kavya Shivashankar takes home the Bee crown

May 29, 2009

Kavya Shivashankar

For Kavya Shivashanka, a 13 year old girl from Kansas, the fourth time was a charm.  After finishing 10th, 8th, and 4th over the last three years she took home the crown at the National Spelling Bee by correctly spelling  Laodicean.  The correct spelling of the word, which means lukewarm or indifferent in religion or politics, won her $40,000 in cash and prizes and a big fat trophy.  The event was covered on ESPN so I guess that would qualify Kavya as an athlete.

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