Californian Ramya Auroprem is a teacher of Tamil.
Returnee Serena Laine-Lobsinger of Florida says her favorite author is Jane Austen.
Third-time returnee Kyle Mou, of Illinois, tied for tenth place last year; he's blogged about his involvement this year.
Third-time returnee Aishwarya Pastapur, also of Illinois, is a math whiz.
Third-time returnee Kennyi Aouad of Indiana is a crowd favorite who describes himself as "jolly."
Fourth-time returnee Kavya Shivashankar of Kansas has finished 10th, 8th, and 4th in the years leading up to this year's contest.
Returnee Sidharth Chand of Michigan finished second last year.
Tussah Heera of Nevada is an outstanding pianist who blogs and tweets.
Third-time returnee Neetu Chandak of New York speaks Hindi and wears charms.
Anamika Veeramani of Ohio hopes to become a heart surgeon.
Tim Ruiter of Virginia is said to do a killer Gollum impression.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
National Spelling Bee 2009: Finalists
Here they are—seven female, four male!