A video of a girl of Indian descent spelling incredibly difficult words in a rapid-fire round during the 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition in the US has left social media users in trouble. Harini Logan got 21 words correct in the 90 second intense round.
Ms. Logan, 14, won Bee 2022 by beating another student of Indian descent, Vikram Raju.
Mr. Raju is a 7th grade student in Denver, while Ms. Logan is an 8th grade student from Texas. The match went to ban after they were locked in a stalemate.
A video of Ms. Logan spelling the words with utmost confidence and ease has been widely circulated on social media. The clip, on Twitter, has been viewed more than 329k times.
THIS IS INTENSE pic.twitter.com/3UKFCkOrdZ
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) June 3, 2022
Some of the words Mrs. Logan spelled were: sereh, a fragrant grass from South Asia; charadriiform, pertaining to an order of birds; and ditalini, short elbow-shaped pieces of macaroni. But the word that led to her triumph was: Moorhen, a medium-sized bird defined as “the female of the black grouse.”
A number of people have reacted in awe to Ms. Logan’s answers.
Most of the users said they had never heard any of the words that were part of the round.
Never heard of ONE of those words.
— Sam Aardvark (@HappyAar) June 3, 2022
I don’t recognize any of these words.
— Mr_Scorpio (@Mr_Scorpio) June 3, 2022
“That was terrifying. I love it,” said a third user.
That was disturbing. Love it.
— Cliff Burnside (@Uncle_Chile) June 3, 2022
It was Mrs. Logan’s fourth and final appearance at the Bee. She described her win as “surreal”.