Speller No. 191, Ashwin Veeramani
Sponsor:
The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio

Grade:
Seventh Grade

Age:
15

School:
Incarnate Word Academy, Parma Heights, Ohio

Profile:

Ashwin takes two things he does best — reading nonfiction and spelling — and combines them to study for bees. He pores over current newspapers and magazines (The Wall Street Journal and Time are his favorites) to find words to spell and learn about current events. Ashwin has won several regional awards and qualified for state competitions in science and math. He aspires to be like Bill Gates, hoping to expand his primary interest in engineering into innovative product development. To this end, Ashwin takes a keen interest in business principles. When not busy with school, spelling practice or reading, Ashwin enjoys video games, drumming and golf. He also practices Tae Kwon Do as a black belt.