Harini Logan has been declared the winner of the 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee in a historic spell-off, after several rounds left two spellers tied. It was her fourth time competing in the bee.
She spelled “moorhen” (a bird) correctly and 21 other words in the prestigious Scripps National Bee’s first-ever lightning round.
“Honestly, so surreal,” she said of her win, calling it “a dream.”
Harini, of San Antonio, correctly spelled 22 words in the 90-second speed round, compared to 15 by fellow finalist Vikram Raju, of Colorado.
Harini beat 12 other finalists and took home the first-place prize of $50,000 in National Harbor, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C.
So for those who have fallen under Logan’s spell, here’s what you need to know about the 2022 Scripps Spelling Bee champion.
She is proud of her Indian heritage
Harini Logan was born in San Antonio, Texas to Dinesh Chandrasekhar (Father) and Rampriya (Mother). Her parents are supportive and have been available for supporting her.
Her parents encourage her to achieve her goal. Her parents belong to Indian heritage. She has a little brother. She is pursuing her 8th-grade study at The Montessori School in San Antonio, Texas.
Harini Logan has competed at the Scripps National Spelling Bee before
Logan has previously participated in the Scripps National Spelling Bee but failed to make it past the top 30. She tied for 323rd place in 2018, tied for 30th place in 2019 tied for the 31st spot in 2021. The 2020 Spelling Bee was called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Harini Logan is coached by a spelling-bee legend
Harini was being coached by Grace Walters, a former speller, fellow Texan and a student at Rice University. Walters has previously coached multiple young Spelling Bee participants, four of whom have won.
“Harini has been to hell and back with her spelling-bee experiences,” longtime coach Walters told the AP.
Harini actually has other Hobbies
Harini, the newly crowned Queen Bee, has interests beyond academics. She knows how to play the piano and is also training herself to play the ukulele. (The ukulele, also known as uke, is a four-stringed musical instrument made from wood that resembles a small classical acoustic guitar.)
According to the Spelling Bee website, Harini’s hobbies include swimming, acting, playing tennis, writing and signing. Musical theater tops the list of things she is interested in.
So what is Harini Logan going to do next?
Harini is an avid reader according to the bio provided by organizers of this highly anticipated event, which this year occurred in-person after the pandemic, Harini’s love for reading led her to compete in spelling bees. She loves creative writing and is planning on publishing a book before finishing high school.