Miami-Dade County Spelling Bee Champ!
|Congratulations to the winner of the Miami-Dade County Spelling Bee, Vasundara Govindarajan!
Born and raised in Miami, Florida, sixth-grader ( Archimedean School in Miami) Vasundara won the Miami-Dade spelling competition, sponsored by the The Miami Herald, and earned a spot to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which were held in May in Washington, D.C. Following in her older brother Vaidya’s footsteps, Vasundra won the top place by spelling the word “epulation,” which means “feasting” or “banqueting.” At the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Vasundara made it to round four, but in our eyes, she’s a spelling champ for her accomplishments!
In this issue, Desh-Videsh chatted with the young speller to learn more about what drives and inspires her.
Who do you consider to be a mentor and why?
Has religion played a role in your success or your life? If so, how?
International fame at 12 when most cannot taste it all their life. What does it mean to you?
The final moments, can you recount them for us?
After this, there must be larger goals and greater heights to be scaled. What can we expect next?
What relevance does being Indian American have to you? Has it given you an edge?
Beneath all of this, who is the real Vasundara Govindarajan?
Many people feel that a young achiever is made of a sheer spark and plenty of luck. How much of a role did hard work made in your pursuit? Is there a mantra that you would like to share with other young aspirants?
You cannot deny that fame come with this achievement. You are now being searched on Google, being interviewed, and have become a role model. Has it changed who you are?
Favorite Indian Book: Mahabharata
Favorite Non-Indian Book:
Favorite Indian Movie: Abhiyum Naanum (in Tamil)
Favorite Non-Indian Movie: Sponge Bob movies