Sukanya’s winning word was “cymotrichous,” which relates to wavy hair. She likes hiking, rock climbing and ice skating, wants to travel and perhaps pursue a career in international relations. She is the fourth consecutive Indian-American to win the bee and the ninth in the last 13 years, a run that began when Nupur Lala captured the crown in 1999 and was later featured in the documentary “Spellbound
For what it’s worth there were two Bengalis (including the winner) amongst the finalists. I know people rag on these bee winners for being memorization-nerds. First, these aren’t narrow kids (some of them are math-nerds and geography-nerds too!). Second, you wish your kids would turn out this way.