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Spelling bee: Indian-American kids disappoint

June 01, 2007
She misspelt 'cilice' as 'c-i-l-i-s'.

That was end of of Kavya Shivashankar in Scripps National Spelling Bee contest. She exited the competition -- one which the Indian-American kids have made their own -- in the seventh round.

This year, only three Indian-Americans entered the final round and even they could not last long, putting paid to the community's hopes.

Image: Kavya (left) of Olathe, Kansas, is comforted by her mother Sandhya and her father Mirle as her sister Vanya looks on.
Photographs : Alex Wong/Getty Images

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