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Indian American kids set to spell success

Last updated on: May 24, 2005 17:54 IST

With 31 competitors out of a field of 271 – that's 11.439%- Indian Americans appear well poised to dominate yet another Scripps National Spelling Bee.

In the last six years, the Spelling Bee has been claimed by Indian Americans four times, most recently by Sai Gunturi in 2003.

The contest takes place on June 1 and 2, in Washington, DC.

Texas leads the pack, with seven Indian Americans. Four represent California, while Indiana, Massachusetts and Ohio each have three.

Nine-year-old Akshat Shekhar of Quincy, Massachusetts is one of the two youngest competitors.  Perennial favorite Samir Patel is competing in his third Spelling Bee, and he's just 11.

The complete list of Indian American participants, in order of Speller Number. Fans can tune in to ESPN for full coverage.

16 Nitish Lakhanpal
17 Maheen A. Rana
20 Anurag Kashyap
21 Aliya Robin Deri
36 Maithreyi Gopalakrishnan
46 Suma M. Metla
55 Sonal S. Sathe
64 Ashwini A. Gokhale
81 Vaibhav S. Vavilala
83 Sameer Mishra
90 Eesha Purohit
106 Priyanka Chavan
113 Sahiti Surapaneni
114 Abha A. Gallewale
116 Akshat Shekhar
127 Nilesh K. Raval
139 Rajiv Tarigopula
149 Arjun R. Modi
163 Rajdeep Chahal
171 Krunal Dhaval
184 Shrey P. Shah
185 Saptarshi Chaudhuri
194 Manasa J. Reddy
219 Aravind Arun
233 Midhat Patel
234 Anjali Chitra Raghuram
236 Nikhil B. Koganti
238 Samir Sudhir Patel
239 Nidharshan S. Anandasivam
240 Anjay Ajodha
241 Abiram Viswanath