Speller No. 154, Sriram J. Hathwar
Corning Rotary Club, Corning, New York
15, Eighth Grade
Alternative School for Math and Science, Corning, New York
When not studying spelling, Sriram plays the oboe, piano and chess to keep his mind stimulated. He also enjoys more active pursuits including badminton, tennis, basketball and ice skating. Reading also brings him pleasure, and he encourages others to read by volunteering at his local library. A seasoned traveler, Sriram has been all over the world, but he still has Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, France and South Africa on his travel bucket list. Because he has been to the Scripps National Spelling Bee four times already, Sriram once produced a TEDx talk about his experiences in the Bee. He previously competed in the Bee in 2008, 2009, 2011 when he tied for 6th place, and 2013 when he placed 3rd.