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Indian-American teen wins 2019 South Asian Spelling Bee contest

Navneeth Murali, an Indian-American teenager from New Jersey, has won the 2019 South Asian Spelling Bee contest by correctly spelling "flipe" to earn the annual title and USD 3,000 grand prize.


The South Asian Spelling Bee (SASB) is an annual spelling bee platform in the US for children of South Asian descent.


The competition is open to any student at or below the age of 14, who has at least one parent or grandparent who is of South Asian descent, or whose lineage can be traced to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and/or Sri Lanka.


Since its launch in 2008, the SASB has been aired in over 120 countries.


The contest was held in five regional centers across the US, including New Jersey, Dallas and San Francisco Bay Area and Charlotte.


Over 600 spellers from these centers participated from which 15 participated in the finals.

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