Vanya Shivashankar and Gokul Venkatachalam were declared co-champions; a feat achieved by Indian Americans for the second consecutive year. Indian American Cole Shafer-Ray from Oklahoma bagged the third spot.

In 2014, Sriram Hathwar and Ansun Sujoe were declared the joint winners. This is the eighth successive year that Indian Americans have won the prestigious competition and 13th in the last 16 years. This year, 25 of the 49 finalists were Indian Americans. Of the last 10, seven were Indian Americans.

"This is a dream come true. I have wanted this for such a long time," Vanya said while dedicating the award to her grandmother who passed away in October last year. Appearing for the fifth and final time before the Spelling Bee, Vanya, 13, is eighth grader student from Kansas.

In his previous appearances, Gokul tied for the 10th place in 2012 and bagged 19th place in 2013. An eighth grader from St Louis Missouri, Gokul, 14, said he had worked hard for the contest for the past several years.
For several years now, Indian-Americans have put up formidable challenges to their competitors and won most of the prestigious spelling awards in United States.

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