Speller No. 231, Rahul S. Krishnaswamy
Sponsor:
Knoxville News Sentinel, Knoxville, Tennessee

Grade:
Eighth Grade

Age:
16

School:
Ashley Academy, Johnson City, Tennessee

Profile:

Rahul is an ardent traveler with more than 100,000 frequent flier miles. Many of those miles have taken him to four separate continents. His love of travel is reflected in his love of geography and amateur photography, and his aspiring career as a flight simulator pilot. When not gallivanting around the world, he plays tennis regularly, and is planning to join the high school team next year. Rahul is also a vocalist of Indian classical music, Carnatic music, and plays the South Indian drum the mridangam. He is a proud member of the Scrabble Club, but letters are not his only game. Rahul has won multiple awards in school-wide and regional science fairs. He is also the treasurer of his student council. Rahul competed in the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee.