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.

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.