How to spell Rhetorician-in-Chief, young lady?

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Kavya Shivashankar, the winner of the 2009 Scripps spelling bee (left), with US president Barack Obama, at the Oval Office in the White House in Washington D.C. on Thursday.

Kavya is the daughter of Sandhya Shivashankar of the Class of 1985 of Marimallappa’s College, Mysore, and Mirle Shivashankar. Their younger daughter Vanya, the second youngest contestant ever, was knocked out in the early rounds of the competition this year.

From the Kansas City Star:

Obama told the family about the importance he places on education.

Then Vanya said she had a question.

“Are you going to ask me to spell something?” Obama asked.

But Vanya had no intention of quizzing Obama. Instead she wanted to invite his daughters to attend the bee. She also wanted to ask about Bo, the president’s dog.

Link via Yogesh Devaraj

Photograph: courtesy Kansas City Star

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