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TEDxChemungRiver - Sriram Hathwar - Experiences as the Youngest National Spelling Bee Contestant

Sriram was born in Rochester, NY and has lived and grown up in the Southern Tier Region with his parents for the last ten years. He is currently in his 6th grade at the Chemung Valley Montessori school, where he has been in attendance for the last 6 years.Sriram has participated in the Scripps National Spelling Bee three times: he was the youngest ever to participate, when he entered at age eight, having qualified when he was seven. He went on to place 37th in the national level during the 2009 national finals and sixth at the 2011 national finals. Sriram has successfully placed first in the New York Spelling Bee in 2008, 2009 and 2010 entering at the second, third and fourth grade level competitions. He has also the school level geography bee in 2010 and 2011 and placed first in Steele Memorial Library Poetry contest in 2010. Sriram has won other awards at local science fairs.In his spare time, Sriram likes to play the piano and the oboe. He, also enjoys playing baseball, basketball, skiing, ice skating and swimming.Sriram hopes to become a medical doctor with a particular interest in ophthalmology.In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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