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Stellar speller: Kavya Shivashankar's road to victory

Updated: June 11, 2009, 12:52 PM ET
By Maithreyi Gopalakrishnan | Special to ESPNRISE.com

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I first met Kavya Shivashankar four years ago when I was a sixth-grader participating in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Shivashankar, a fourth-grader at the time, approached me in the lobby of the Grand Hyatt hotel in Washington, D.C. She introduced herself as ...

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