Bollywood actress Soha Ali Khan on Monday announced Vaswati Das of Gurukul Grammar Sr. Second School, Guwahati as the winner of HDFC Life Spell Bee - India Spells 2013.
Atreyee Ghosal of Delhi Public School was the first runner up.
In what can be termed as India's adaption of the Scripps National Spelling Bee held in Washington D.C., HDFC Life Spell Bee - India Spells 2013 conducted tests across India and engaged with around 3 lac students across more than 1,000 schools by testing their mettle in English spellings.
Radio Mirchi and HDFC Life came together for the 5th consecutive year to sensitize students on the correct usage of English language and by encouraging them to 'Celebrate Words and Save the Language'.
This battle of words will be broadcasted exclusively on the Discovery network.
This year's HDFC Life Spell Bee - India Spells garnered robust participation from 35 cities reiterating the popularity of India's biggest school spelling contest.
Close to 3 Lac students from Class 5th to 9th went through grueling initial rounds of spelling tests that challenged them on various parameters of their vocabulary.
The winner will be felicitated with a cash prize of Rupees 2 lakhs and a trip to Washington DC along with a parent and his/her school principal to witness the prestigious Scripps National Spelling Bee LIVE.
Commenting on being associated with Spell Bee, show host Soha Ali Khan said, "It is a brilliant initiative by Radio Mirchi and HDFC Life to encourage the students to enhance their ability to spell correctly thereby broadening their vocabulary."
"With the mindless acceptance of the SMS culture, it is daunting to know how an increasing number of children aren't capable of spelling even basic words. Such competitions aid students to improve their spellings, communicate better and have a better edge in their studies and their careers.
"I am happy to be associated with HDFC Life Spell Bee and to know that I am assisting in bringing a change in educating the country's next generation. I congratulate Vaswati Das on winning this contest and I wish her good luck in her future endeavors," she said.