Resolution J2124-2013

Congratulating Arvind Mahankali upon the occasion of being crowned the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion on May 30, 2013

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  • Jun 11, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 11, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jun 4, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION congratulating Arvind Mahankali upon the occasion
of  being crowned the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion on May
30, 2013

WHEREAS, It is the intent of this Legislative Body to  commend  and  pay
tribute  to  those young people who, by achieving outstanding success in
educational competition, have inspired and brought pride to our majestic
Empire State; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to congratu-
late Arvind Mahankali upon  the  occasion  of  being  crowned  the  2013
Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion on Thursday, May 30, 2013, at the
Gaylord  National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Mary-
land; and
  WHEREAS, Arvind Mahankali, a 13 year old from Bayside  Hills,  Queens,
is  an  eighth  grade student at Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School 74 in
Bayside, New York, who enjoys tennis, basketball, and  drama;  he  loves
math  and  science, and hopes to one day pursue a career as a physicist;
and
  WHEREAS, A speaker of Telugu and Spanish, this was Arvind  Mahankali's
fourth  consecutive trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee; he placed
ninth in 2010, and finished in third place in both 2011 and 2012; and
  WHEREAS, The 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee was broadcast  nation-
wide on ESPN, and welcomed 281 spellers from around the world; the spel-
lers  ranged  in  age  from  8-14  years old, and were all vying for the
esteemed title of champion; and
  WHEREAS, This astute young scholar was sponsored by  THE  DAILY  NEWS,
and  won top honors after 16 rounds of competition by correctly spelling
the word "knaidel", a German-Yiddish word that means matzo dumpling; and
  WHEREAS, Known as the pride of Bayside, Arvind Mahankali was urged  on
by  his proud parents Srinivas and Bhavani, and younger brother Srinath;
Principal Anthony Armstrong  was  also  in  attendance  to  support  his
student; and
  WHEREAS, Arvind Mahankali, in achieving this high honor, may take just
pride in the inspiration and contribution to the spirit of excellence he
brings to his family, friends, school and region; and
  WHEREAS,  Educational  competitions  which serve to better prepare our
students for their future participation in the marketplace of ideas  are
worthy of praise and support; and
  WHEREAS,  Poised  with enthusiasm and determined purpose, this scholar
now stands honorably, in eager anticipation of future challenges, under-
standing and appreciating the caring counsel and support provided by his
teachers and parents; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
congratulate  Arvind  Mahankali  upon  the occasion of being crowned the
2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion on May 30, 2013; and  be  it
further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Arvind Mahankali.

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