Scripps National Spelling Bee 2013: Full Results from Preliminaries

Rob GoldbergFeatured Columnist IVApril 2, 2017

HOLLYWOOD - JULY 13:  Spelling Bee Champion Anurag Kashyap onstage at the 13th Annual ESPY Awards at the Kodak Theatre on July 13, 2005 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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If you want to watch preteens prove they are smarter than you are, the Scripps National Spelling Bee is for you.

This year's event started with 281 spellers from all 50 states and as well as various United States territories. These competitors had to go through multiple preliminary steps just to get on stage, and the early rounds knocked even more people out of the competition.

Still, the young challengers did everything they could to remain in contention for the $30,000 prize given to the winner.

However, sometimes getting all of your words right in the oral portion of the event is not enough. The total points between the on-stage competition and the written test are added together to allow for only a handful of semifinalists.

Brian Francisco of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette describes the difficulty of getting to the next stage:

You can also take a look at the words used in the third round to see how well you would have done.

After all of Wednesday's events, there were only 41 competitors remaining for the upcoming semifinals.


Full List of Semifinalists (via

Gokul Venkatachalam Rachael Cundey Syamantak Payra
Mary Geneve Skirvin Audrey M. Bantug Pranav Sivakumar
Ryan Devanandan Katharine S. Wang Shobha Dasari
Matthew Richard Donohue Sriram J. Hathwar Piper Wynne Winkler  
Grace Remmer Kuvam Nirad Shahane Himanvi Kopuri  
Ronan Howlett Sophia Limacher Alia Abiad  
Amber Born Anuk Dayaprema Christopher O'Connor  
Isabel Cholbi Christal Schermeister Arvind V. Mahankali   
Emma Greenlee Caleb Miller Eva Kitlen  
Shayley Martin Joseph Cusi Delamerced Aditya Mohankumar Rao  
Vanya Shivashankar Chetan G. Reddy Emily Keaton
Neha Seshadri Margaret Flaherty Peterson Lucas Michael Urbanski
Vismaya J. Kharkar Hannah Michele Citsay Joseph Kirkpatrick 
Ashwin Veeramani Jonathan Caldwell


Notable Results

Arvind Mahankali Cruises Through

After finishing in third place in each of the past two years, Arvind Mahankali is ready to win the entire event this time around.

He had a perfect score in the written test and spelled each of his words correctly in the oral portion. Unless something goes wrong, this is his contest to lose, at least according to Shane Ryan of Grantland:

Hopefully, he is able to fulfill his expectations this year.


Experience Helps

Every competitor in this event had to work hard to get here, but a few have displayed this effort over a long period of time. There are 63 people who were here last year, seven of them have done this four times or more.

Arvind Mahankali and Grace Remmer are in the four-year group and each had perfect scores heading into the semifinals.

Rachael Cundey and Emily Keaton are participating in their fifth career Spelling Bee, and are also still alive in the contest and are looking to compete for the title. This impressed Natalie DiBlasio of USA Today:

It is clear that the experience has helped to this point, but only time will tell if one of these competitors can win it all. 


Youngest in Field Does Not Make Semis

With ESPN cameras all over the place and the nation watching, it is tough to focus with this much pressure. It has to be that much harder for an eight-year-old girl.

Tara Singh was the youngest person in the competition, which led to even more attention than usual, via @ScrippsBee:

Unfortunately, she was unable to advance to the next round:

Hopefully, Singh will do better the next time out.