(JNS.org) Arvind Mahankali, a 13-year-old from the Bayside neighborhood in Queens, NY, won the Scripps National Spelling Bee, carrying a $30,000 prize, by correctly spelling the German-derived Yiddish word “Knaidel.”
In previous spelling bee competitions, Mahankali
was defeated by the German-derived words, “Jugendstil” and “schwannoma,” but
this year, he said he “prepared German words and I studied them, so when I got
German words this year, I wasn’t worried,” according to the New York Post.