13-Year-Old From Queens Wins The Spelling Bee

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Arvind Mahankali from Queens has won the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee!

The 13-year-old was the favorite coming in, and he did not disappoint.

The winning word was "knaidel" — a German-derived word.

It's ironic because Arvind was knocked out by German words in each of the last two years, and finished third both times.

He's a low-key guy, and his celebration was appropriately subdued:

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Here's the video of the final word:
 

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Grace Remmer — a 14 year old from Florida — was the dark horse pick to win. She finished a respectable 9th.

A number of past winners have gone on to successful careers. Hopefully Arvind joins that list eventually.

Check out a gallery of past winners here >

You can find out full live-blog with GIFs and other fun stuff below. It was a heck of a night, thanks everyone for reading.



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