Indian-Origin Bruhat Soma Wins National Spelling Bee After Thrilling Tiebreaker

Written on 05/31/2024
Asia91 Team

OXON HILL, Maryland – Bruhat Soma, a 12-year-old from Tampa, Florida, claimed victory in the 2024 Scripps National Spelling Bee, winning a $50,000 prize after a tense tiebreaker round.



Bruhat Soma, an Indian-American seventh-grader, emerged victorious in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. In a gripping spell-off, he correctly spelled 29 words out of 30 in 90 seconds, defeating Faizan Zaki of Texas, who managed 20 correct words.


Bruhat’s winning word was "abseil," a mountaineering term. This win continues the dominance of Indian-American participants in the competition.


Key Points:


  • Champion: Bruhat Soma from Tampa, Florida.


  • Prize: Over $50,000 in cash and prizes.


  • Competition: Won in a spell-off, correctly spelling 29 words in 90 seconds.


  • Runner-Up: Faizan Zaki from Allen, Texas.


  • Significance: 29 of the last 35 champions have been Indian American.


Bruhat Soma’s victory in the 2024 Scripps National Spelling Bee highlights the dedication and talent of young spellers. With his incredible memory and composure, Bruhat’s achievement is a testament to the hard work and passion that drives these young competitors.