WASHINGTON - The only remaining northeast Ohio speller in the Scripps National Spelling Bee was knocked out of the semifinals Thursday afternoon.
Ashwin Veeramani, a seventh grader at Incarnate Word Academy in Parma Heights, misspelled "animia" in the fifth round. Animia is the impairment of communication by gestures.
Ashwin was one of 42 students in the semifinals, and the only one from our area.
The 13-year-old is the younger brother of the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee champ Anamika Veeramani.
This was his first year at the bee. He was sponsored by The Plain Dealer.
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