13-Year-Old Wins The Spelling Bee, Has Incredibly Subdued Celebration

arvind spelling bee champion

Arvind Mahankali, a 13-year-old from Queens, won the Spelling Bee Thursday night.

His winning word was “knaidel” — a German-derived word.

Arvind has finished 3rd each of the last two years. And both times he was eliminated on a tricky German word.

So when he won, he looked stunned.

He just kind of stood around for a little bit, and then basked in the confetti without expressing much emotion.

Here’s the video of the winning word and the awkward aftermath:

And an important Arvind GIF:


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