Speller No. 92, Vanya Shivashankar
The Olathe News, Olathe, Kansas
Regency Place Elementary School, Olathe, Kansas
A piano player since the age of five, Vanya also plays a tuba nearly as big as she is. Vanya is passionate about singing, dancing and acting, in addition to outdoor pursuits such as swimming and biking. Vanya welcomes academic challenges and aspires to have a career in the medical field, perhaps as a cardiac surgeon. The family has a yellow Labrador retriever, appropriately named Champ. Vanya participated in the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee, and her sister Kavya was the 2009 national champion.