Spelling Bee finalists, mostly Indian-American students, visit White House

All the finalists were seen taking pictures on the White House lawns and were excited about visiting the office-cum-residence of the US President
Bruhat Soma, the most recent winner, was also present
Bruhat Soma, the most recent winner, was also present(Pic: EdexLive Desk)

Bruhat Soma, the Scripps National Spelling Bee's Indian-American winner, along with the seven other finalists was invited by the White House for a visit, a lifetime experience for these young talents.

Bruhat, a 12-year-old Class VII student from Florida, emerged victorious in the prestigious Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday, May 30, earning more than USD 50,000 in cash and other prizes.

He blitzed through 30 words in 90 seconds Thursday night and judges determined that he spelled 29 of them correctly, nine more than his competitor, Faizan Zaki.

On Friday, May 31, the White House invited them to attend an event on the South Lawns where President Joe Biden welcomed the Kansas City Chiefs to celebrate their championship season and victory in Super Bowl LVIII.

Bruhat, sporting a yellow championship T-shirt and a red tilak on his forehead, was joined by seven other finalists, including four others of Indian descent, and their parents.

The four other Indian Americans were:

- Rishabh Saha, 14, from California

Shrey Parikh, 12, from California

- Aditi Muthukumar, 13, from Colorado

- Ananya Rao Prasanna, 13, from North Carolina

They did not meet the president but saw other champions the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.

All the finalists were seen taking pictures on the White House lawns and were excited about visiting the office-cum-residence of the US President.

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