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Anamika Veeramani Indian American girl wins Spelling Bee 2010

Indian American girl Anamika Veeramani has won the prestigious 83rd Scripps National Spelling Bee contest in the US.

The 14-year-old girl hailing from North Royalton, Ohio, won the event spelling the word "stromuhr," a medical term for an instrument used to measure the velocity of blood flow. She won the trophy along with $40,000 in cash and prizes.

Spelling bee is a competition where contestants, usually children, are asked to spell English words. This year event had 273 spellers— the greatest number of U.S.-based spellers in the history of the event. The spellers range in age from 8 to 15 years old, but 80% are between the ages of 12 and 14 years old.

It is the third year in a row that an Indian-American has won the championship and the eighth in the last 12 years.

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