In Bay Area, eight-year-old Shreyas Rathi of Cupertino, CA, in his first ever showing spelt “Cilia” to become the youngest regional champ this season so far, and Shreya Girish of Santa Clara, CA was first runner up while Anisha Rao of Dublin, CA, was second runner up. San Francisco Bay Area’s leading daily The San Jose Mercury News covered the event and ran a front-page story on the domination of South Asian spellers at Spelling Bees.
“We are seeing the advent of this craft as a brain sport within the community and it’s great to see the parents encouraging the spellers to follow their passion and dream. If done right, spellers can actually accumulate their college tuition before they turn 14,” said Rahul Walia, Founder - South Asian Spelling Bee. “MetLife is pleased to serve once again as the title sponsor of the South Asian Spelling Bee competition,” said Laurel Daring, assistant vice president, Communications, MetLife Premier Client Group. “This event allows youth from across the country to test their spelling skills in a national forum and helps them gain a better understanding of how much they can achieve through hard work and dedication. For MetLife, it also underscores our commitment to serving and giving back to the South Asian community.” The winners received cash prizes of $500, $300 and $200 respectively. The top two winners plus one parent each from every city will be given an all expenses paid trip to NJ on August 14 for the finals.
Children up to 14 years of age are eligible to participate and the contest saw spellers of even 6 years of age compete . There are 10 more cities on the anvil.For more info visit www.SouthAsianSpellingBee.com.