A spelling bee 2009 Winner is a competition where contestants (children), are asked to spell English words. The concept is thought to have originated in the United States, and is usually perceived to be a solely English language practice. Today, National Spelling Bee competitions for English are held in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Indonesia and others. Kavya won at the end of a championship round in which runner-up Tim Ruiter was eliminated on "maecenas" and third-place finisher Aishwarya Pastapur was eliminated on "menhir".
Kavya Shivashankar (13-years-old) an eighth grader from Olathe, Kansas, correctly spelled "Laodicean" to win the National Spelling Bee competition 2009 Thursday night. She spelled the winning word "Laodicean" means - lukewarm or indifferent in religion or politics. In earlier rounds, Kavya spelled challenging words like "hydrargyrum", "blancmange" and "baignoire". In the fourth round, she correctly spelled "huisache", It means - Thorny shrub or small tree.
A student at California Trail Junior High School, Kavya was making her fourth appearance at the bee, having finishing 10th, eighth and fourth over the last three years. She enjoys playing the violin, bicycling, swimming and learning Indian classical dance, and her role model is Nupur Lala, the 1999 champion featured in the documentary "Spellbound". She plans to become a neurosurgeon.