Spelling Bee Winner Spells 'Stromuhr'

Sasha Brown-Worsham

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Fourteen-year-old Anamika Veeramani spelled the word "stromuhr" correctly to become the champion of the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Can anyone guess what a stromuhr is? Read to the end and I'll let you know.

The future cardiovascular surgeon beat out 273 other contestants when she correctly spelled “stromuhr." The youngest participant was 8.

Spelling is one of those things that people always seem amazed by. I go to a local bar that has a spelling bee every Tuesday night and I can tell you, spelling in this way is not as easy at it looks. 

My husband, who isn't a champion speller, says if you can't think of more than a few ways to spell something, then you're not creative. That may be true. But I still dream of my children winning this trophy someday.

Is that really so wrong?

For those of you who made it here, a "stromuhr" is an instrument for measuring the speed of flowing blood.

According to the New American: "Among the prizes won by Anamika was a scholarship of $5,000 from the Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation, a monetary reward of $30,000, a $2,500 savings bond, and of course, the grand trophy from E.W. Scripps Co."

Congrats to her!

How do you think you would do in a spelling bee today?

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