Congratulations to Jeevanvidya Character Building class student Sohum Sukhatankar, age 13 years, from Dallas, Texas. Sohum is one of the “Octo-Champions” of the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
As reported by Sohum and family, Jeevanvidya mind management strategies helped him immensely to stay calm, positive, confident and focused on stage and throughout the preparation for the national competition. These mind management strategies are easy to apply and free of cost. These strategies also helped his parents to stay optimistic and focused throughout the challenges of the spelling bee journey.
Sohum has been attending Jeevanvidya Character Building Classes regularly since age 3. His success in the most prestigious Scripps National Spelling Bee competition exemplifies the core principles of Jeevanvidya – ‘Abundance for All, ‘Happiness and Success for All’
Scripps National Spelling Bee, is regarded as one of the oldest and most iconic competitions held in the United States. Spellers compete from all 50 U.S. states, several territories and other countries including the Bahamas, Canada, Germany, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan and South Korea.
Out of 11 million students across the country, only 562 qualify to reach the National competition.
The 2019 National competition began with 562 contestants. After several rounds of spelling including a written vocabulary test over the span of 3 days the 16 finalists were announced.
Slowly as the competition got more intense, only 8 finalists remained towards the end. For three and a half hours, the 8 finalists correctly spelled 47 correct words in a row and emerged victorious. This was an unprecedented result in the 92-year history of the competition, breaking the bee’s rules of not crowning more than three spellers to share the title, awarding each winner a cash prize of $50,000.
“We’re throwing the dictionary at you, and, so far, you are showing the dictionary who’s the boss,” said Jacques Bailly, Bee’s official pronouncer.
All the winners have been featured in several newspapers around the world and have been interviewed on popular T.V shows in the US like the Jimmy Kimmel and Kelly and Ryan.
The respect and goodwill that Sohum showed towards his competitors was also the result of Jeevanvidya mind management training. In many of his interviews given to the media Sohum says, “As a speller you know how hard everyone else has worked and you know how much they deserve to win”.
Sohum also earned the title of national champion at the South Asian Spelling Bee in 2018 and North South Foundation Spelling Bee in 2017. He won the championship at the Golden Chick Dallas Regional Spelling Bee in 2017 and was the runner-up in 2018 and 2019.