Washington: A Prominent US Congressman has lauded Indian American Sukanya Roy for winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee championship this year.

"Mr Speaker, I rise today in honour of my constituent, Miss Sukanya Roy, to celebrate her victory in the Scripps National Spelling Bee," Congressman Tom Marino from Pennsylvania said in his remarks on the floor of the US House of Representatives.

"Sue, as she is more commonly known, is currently an eighth grader at Abington Heights Middle School. She lives in South Abington Township with her father Abhi Roy, a professor at Scranton University, and her mother Mousumi Roy, a professor at the Pennsylvania State University," Marino said.

"Sue is a keen member of her school's Ecology Club and plays violin in the school orchestra. Outside academia, Sue enjoys indoor rock climbing, ice skating, and playing the piano. She is also fluent in Bengali and keeps in touch with her heritage by travelling to India every summer," the Congressman said.

"This was the third consecutive year that Sue participated in the National Spelling Bee, having finished in the top twenty in previous years. This year Sue said she knew every word and did not guess once. Sue was crowned this year's champion after correctly spelling 'CYMOTRICHOUS,' a word of Greek origin relating to having wavy hair," he said.

"Although she is just about to enter high school, Sue wants to pursue a career in International Relations and hopes to bring an end to world of poverty and hunger," the Congressman said.

"Mr Speaker, I rise today to honour Sukanya Roy and ask my colleagues to join me in praising her achievement as the 84th Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion," Marino said.

(Agencies)