13-year-old from New York wins Scripps National Spelling Bee

The Scripps National Spelling Bee trophy sits in wait for a winner at the start of the second round of competition in Oxon Hill, Md., Wednesday, May 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WIAT) — The word “knaidel” was the one that decided this year’s winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

13-year-old Arvind Mahankali, who hails from Bayside Hills, New York, won the competition for correctly spelling the German-derived Yiddish word for a type of dumpling.

This year was not Mahankali’s first trip to the bee, though.

In years past, he finished third after misspelling another word with German roots.

The teen says now that he’s accomplished his goal, he’s setting his sights on his studies.

Mahankali says he wants to by a physicist when he grows up.

His winnings include a $30,000, a $2,500 savings bond and a beautiful trophy.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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