Sukanya in good company: A look at the last 5 National Spelling Bee Champions

3. Kavya Shivashankar

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    Kavya Shivashankar (l.), the 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee winner, and her family meet President Obama in the Oval Office on June 3, 2010.
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Kavya Shivashankar was the 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion. Her word was "Laodicean," which, according to the Mirriam-Webster dictionary, means lukewarm or indifferent in religion or politics. The Kansas girl was 13 when she won.

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