In his first Nationwide Spelling Bee look in 1992, Memphis, Tenn. native Srinivas positioned in third place. The then-11-year-old misplaced to eventual winner Amanda Goad and the second place finisher Todd Erik Wallace.
The phrase that Srinivas misplaced on was “rescissory,” however he returned to the Spelling Bee in 1994 for one more likelihood at redemption. That yr was the primary time that the occasion was televised, and Srinivas stated on Spelling the Dream that it was a giant deal for the occasion to be on ESPN.
“[It was] undoubtedly a a lot greater buzz for us. It was actually cool, I imply, I used to be an enormous basketball fan by that point and I used to be carrying a Bulls cap at one of many picnics…” he stated within the documentary.
He additionally defined that, on the time, there was much less of an Indian American presence than there’s as we speak.
“Within the Scripps Spelling Bee, within the early ’90s, once I was there, I recall seeing a number of Indian-American college students, definitely as South Asian-American college students,” he stated. “It wasn’t one thing that felt, like, regular that there was a ton.”
Sadly for Srinivas, he positioned in the very same place his second time round. He misplaced the 67th Nationwide Spelling Bee to Ned G. Andrews and Brian Ok. Lee, however he went on to perform some very spectacular accolades.