Washington: Indian minds are proving their calibre in foreign lands. The most prestigious Spelling Bee Championship held in United States every year has been won by Indian origin students for the fourth time in a row and for the ninth time in 13 years.

Sukanya Roy, beat 13 competitors by spelling the word "cymotrichous"  which relates to wavy hair, correctly to win the coveted prize for students in the US on Thursday.

Sukanya is a Class 8 student of Pennsylvania's Abington Heights Middle School and had earlier participated in the 2009 and 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bees, tying for 12th place in 2009 and 20th place in 2010. She has also won first place in the individual portion of the Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter Mathcounts Competition.

She enjoys hiking, rock climbing and ice skating and was selected to go to Panama this summer with her school's ecology club to learn more about the rain forest. A pianist, Sukanya also plays violin in her school's orchestra.

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