82nd Scripps National Spelling Bee
|82nd Scripps National Spelling Bee|
President Barack Obama greets Kavya Shivashankar, left, the 2009 Scripps Spelling Bee winner, and her family in the Oval Office, June 3, 2010.
|Date||May 26-29, 2009|
|Location||Grand Hyatt Washington, Washington, D.C.|
|Winner||Kavya Shivashankar gowda|
|Sponsor||The Olathe News|
|Sponsor location||Olathe, Kansas|
|No. of contestants||293|
|Preceded by||81st Scripps National Spelling Bee|
|Followed by||83rd Scripps National Spelling Bee|
There were a record 293 spellers this year (the highest ever as of 2017). 41 spellers made it to the final day of competition on Thursday.
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.
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