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Harini Logan won the 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee

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Harini Logan, an Indian origin girl, won the 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee. The Class 8 student from Texas won the competition by spelling more words correctly in a spell-off, the Bee’s first since its inception in 1925.

Ms Logan beat Vikram Raju, another Indian origin student, who studies in Class 7 in Denver.

Indian Americans have always dominated the competition, however, last year the streak was broken after 14-year-old Zaila Avantgarde became the first-ever African-American contestant to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

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The National Bee is a high-profile, high-pressure endurance test as much as a nerd spelling match and spellers spend months preparing for it.

The Bee was cancelled in 2020 – for the first time since World War II – due to the coronavirus pandemic. But there were eight co-champions in 2019, seven of whom were Indian Americans.

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