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Indian-origin Texas boy wins Scripps National Spelling Bee

Nemmani, a 14-year-old from Texas, defeated a field of more than 515 spellers, aged 8 to 15, hailing from across the United States and eight other countries.

The definition of the winning word “koinonia” is: the Christian fellowship or body of believers, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary.

Responding to the question, “Is there anybody who helped you achieve this dream,” Nemmani said, “My coach Grace Walters. I would really like to thank her so much for all her help and…she’s a very dedicated coach. Without her, I probably wouldn’t have won.”

The 91st annual bee, which began on Tuesday and ends on Thursday night, was held in the Maryland suburbs of Washington with a worldwide audience tuning in for a live broadcast of the finals.

Nemmani won the title during the finals, consisting of 16 spellers, the largest group ever included in the final broadcast round. The group is made up of nine girls and seven boys. Last year, 15 spellers advanced to that stage.

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