It is gratifying to see that many of my readers still come to visit an earlier post called "Spellbound by Spellbound" about the 1999 National Spelling Bee competition. Keeping a blog up to date is a challenge because some links go dead after a few years. Angela Arenivar, for example, changed her blog name, so I recently updated my link to her. Here is another link that tells the reader where the students profiled in the 2002 movie are now (as of 2011).
This year's winner is another student of Indian background who lives in San Diego. Her name is Snigda Nandipati and, like Nupur Lala (one of the "stars" of "Spellbound"), was a second-time returnee to the Nationals this year. You can read more about Snigda Nandipati in this Huffington Post article, which points out that Nandipati is the "fifth consecutive Indian-American winner and the 10th in the last 14 years." You can also revisit the topic of why children from this heritage have been overwhelmingly successful in the American spelling bee.