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Georgia speller advances to National South Asian Spelling Bee

Compiled/partly written by Suzanne Sen Email Compiled/partly written by Suzanne Sen
September 2017
Georgia speller advances to National South Asian Spelling Bee


Kyu-Carlo Alegre (left), 12, of Carrollton, Georgia, was first runner-up in the regional South Asian Spelling Bee in Charlotte in June and went on to place among the top ten contestants in the 10th nationals in Edison, New Jersey in August.

The South Asian Spelling Bee is for children up to 14 years of age. All events are free and open to the public. Regionals were held in eight locations across the United States, and an international regional was held in Accra, Ghana. The top two spellers of South Asian descent at each regional competition advanced to the finals, where a $3,000 grand prize was awarded to the winner.

SONY Entertainment Television Asia (SET Asia) airs the series across 120 countries. The bee makes for “great programing [for] family entertainment,” said Jaideep Janakiram, Head of North America, SET Asia. “We are all about family values and encourage platforms such as these that highlight the talent of our community.”

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Kyu-Carlo Alegre (1st Runner Up), Sreeniketh Vogoti (Regional Champion), Adrija Rukmini (2nd Runner Up) at the South Asian Spelling Bee Regional in Charlotte, NC.


Contestants at the South Asian Spelling Bee national finals in New Jersey.


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