Ohio Teen Wins Bee Amid D-R-A-M-A
14-year-old Anamika Veeramani's winning word? 'Stromuhr'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 5, 2010 7:15 AM CDT
Anamika Veeramani, 14, of North Royalton, Ohio, is congratulated by her parents after winning the 2010 National Spelling Bee in Washington, on Friday, June 4, 2010.    (Jacquelyn Martin)
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(Newser) – Who says Cleveland can't win a championship? The long-suffering sports city captured one in a DC ballroom last night when 14-year-old Anamika Veeramani took first prize at the 83rd Scripps National Spelling Bee, keeping a poker face as she spelled "stromuhr," and not cracking a smile until the trophy was presented—which comes with more than $40,000 in cash and prizes. Then Anamika relented: "Go Cavs!"

But elsewhere there was drama: Concerned after a particularly brutal round that there wouldn't be enough spellers left to fill the two-hour slot on ABC, organizers stopped the semifinals and declared that the 10 spellers onstage would advance, including six who didn't have to spell a word. "I would rather have five finalists, than five who didn't deserve it," said one finalist. "I think it was unfair."