(OXON HILL, Md.) — Arvind Mahankali is the king of Queens.
In fact, he’s the king of all spellers in the United States.
Thursday night, the 13-year-old Bayside Hills, N.Y., boy proved he’s the comeback kid by winning the 2013 Scripps Spelling Bee.
Arvind clinched his triumph by correctly spelling, “knaidel,” a German word that means a small mass of leavened dough.
The youngster finished in third place during the past two finals when he was tripped up by German words, ironically enough. So winning this year gave Arvind some measure of satisfaction.
For his efforts, he takes home a trophy, a $2,500 savings bond, $2,000 worth of reference works from Encyclopedia Britannica and $30,000 in cash.
Arvind is also the first boy to win the Scripps Spelling Bee since 2008 and the sixth Indian-American in a row to be crowned champ.
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