Watch a Queens teenager win the Scripps National Spelling Bee (video)

Middle-school student Arvind V. Mahankali took the top prize by correctly spelling the word knaidel.

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Arvind V. Mahankali at the Scripps National Spelling Bee

Arvind V. Mahankali at the Scripps National Spelling Bee Screenshot via the Associated Press

It was a good night for Queens yesterday, at least in terms of winning competitive events: The Mets swept the Yankees in a Subway Series for the first time ever, but even more importantly, a 13-year-old Queens kid took home the top prize at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The champion, Arvind V. Mahankali, won after correctly spelling the word knaidel—it's a Yiddish word for a type of dumpling. Are we surprised that a New York City kid knew how to spell a Yiddish word? Not at all.


Check out a video of Arvind's triumphant moment below, and remember: If you ever want to test your own spelling abilities, the Williamsburg Spelling Bee happens every month at Pete's Candy Store; the next competition is Monday, June 3 at 7pm.



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