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US Spelling Bee: Indian-Origin Boy Wins After Spelling This 11-Letter Word

Dev Shah's winning word was 'Psammophile', defined by Merriam-Webster as an organism that thrives in sandy areas.

Indian-origin Dev Shah won the prestigious 2023 Scripps National Spelling Bee last night, taking away a $50,000 cash prize by correctly spelling the 11-letter word “psammophile”.

Dev, who had recently partaken in the opposition in 2019 and 2021, is also supposedly the 22nd hero of the Spelling Honey bee with a South Asian legacy over the most recent 24 years.

“It’s strange. My legs are as yet shaking,” the 14-year-old Florida kid said at the opposition in the US province of Maryland.

Charlotte Walsh, 14, from Virginia finished second.

Dev’s winning word was ‘Psammophile’, defined by Merriam-Webster as an organism that thrives in sandy areas.

“Psammo importance sand, Greek? Phile, importance love, Greek?” he asked as he recognized the underlying foundations of the word, however, questioned the subtleties as a sanity check, as per the New York Times.

His parents were visibly emotional as they took the stage.

Dev was one of the 11 finalists from among the 11 million hopefuls from across the world. The primer rounds started Tuesday, and the quarterfinals and elimination rounds were hung on Wednesday.

For years, Indian-Americans have been dominating the National Spelling Bee which was started in 1925 and is available to understudies till the eighth grade. The Spelling Honey bee was dropped in 2020 yet returned in 2021 with a couple of changes.

Harini Logan, an eighth-grader from Texas, won it last year by beating another Indian-American Vikram Raju.