Nupur Lala

Nupur Lala

Nupur Lala (born 1985) was the champion of the 1999 Scripps National Spelling Bee (as speller # 165), spelling logorrhea to win. She won against David Lewandowski, a speller from Indiana who misspelled opsimath. Her participation in the 1999 bee was portrayed on the 2002 film Spellbound.

All of the words she spelled were:

Life before the Bee

Nupur was born in Syracuse, New York. She attended Greensboro Day School (Elementary School) in North Carolina where the students would refer to her as the "Human Dictionary."

Life after the Bee

She enrolled at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 2003 to study brain and cognitive sciences, and graduated in 2007. She was once offered a chance to appear on an MTV reality show, but she decided against it as "too invasive.


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