Speller No. 91, Vanya Shivashankar
The Olathe News, Olathe, Kansas
Regency Place Elementary School, Olathe, Kansas
Vanya is described as someone who is fun to be around because of her exuberant personality. She is passionate about singing, dancing, and acting, and has performed in many plays. Vanya has been playing piano since age five, and she also enjoys swimming and biking. Vanya first attended the Scripps National Spelling Bee when she was four years old. That’s because her sister, Kavya, first qualified for the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2006 and, three national finals appearances later, won the 2009 championship.