Scripps National Spelling Bee
Speller No. 16, Snehaa Ganesh Kumar
Sponsor:

The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, California

Grade:

8th

Age:

17

School:

Folsom Middle School, Folsom, California

Profile:

Snehaa started off her spelling bee journey as a kindergartner competing against 5th graders, placing second in a Spanish language spelling bee. She went on to win the school Spanish spelling bee for four consecutive years. She was the Central Valley Regional Spelling Bee finalist in 2011, placed 5th in 2012, 7th in 2013, 2nd in 2014, and won the title in 2015 and 2016. She also claimed the title of school champion in the National Geographic Bee in 2015 and 2016, and competes in Academic Pentathlon. Outside of academic competition, Snehaa is a commissioner in the Sacramento County Youth Commission and is an active participant in the National Junior Honor Society. She has been taking dance lessons for five years in jazz, contemporary and ballet. Snehaa tied for fourth place in the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee.


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