At Spelling Bee, Winning Word ‘Laodicean’ Spells Champion for Kavya Shivashankar
" ... A 13-year-old shows America an awe-inspiring talent in spelling expertise."
- Miriam Pepper, Kansas City Star writer
The fourth time was the charm for spelling bee veteran Kavya Shivashankar, who won the Scripps National Spelling Bee Thursday night in Washington with the correct spelling of "Laodicean," which means lukewarm or indifferent in religion or politics.
Wiping tears from her eyes after winning, Shivashankar was presented the champion's trophy by Rich Boehre, president and CEO of the Scripps Company.