NY Boy Wins Scripps Spelling Bee With “Knaidel”


knaidelThe fourth trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee was the charm for Arvind V. Mahankali, 13, from Bayside, Queens. Arvind, an eighth grader at Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School, won the nationally televised contest last night by spelling “knaidel,” a Yiddish term of German origin meaning “dumpling.” Straight-faced through most of the bee, Arvind broke into a wry grin when he heard the etymology of his last word; the previous two years, he had been knocked out by German words and finished third.

But he appeared confident this time, calmly spelling the last two words correctly to win.

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{Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. why can't we get seperate swimming hours for boys & girls at the public swimming pools here in Brooklyn?

    Its way too hot to have knaidels during the summer.