Anurag Kashyap (contestant)
Kashyap was born in Muzaffarpur, India and raised in Poway, California. He entered his first spelling bee for Poway Unified School District when he was in fourth grade at Valley Elementary School, and continued competing as a student at Meadowbrook Middle School. In 2004, he placed 47th in the national spelling bee.
In the 19th round of the 2005 Scripps National Spelling Bee, 13-year-old eighth-grader Kashyap successfully spelled the word appoggiatura, which is defined as "a note of embellishment preceding another note and taking a portion of its time." He won about $28,000. in cash and prizes, which he saved most of it towards college.
In 2008, Kashyap competed in the 25th season of the Jeopardy! Teen Tournament. At the end of the ten-day tournament, Kashyap defeated Bradley Silverman from Georgia and Audrey Hosford from Maryland to become only the second student to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee and the Teen Tournament (The first was 1992 spelling bee and 1996 Teen Tournament champion Amanda Goad).
Kashyap graduated from Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego, California in 2010, and had also studied at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, first as a summer intern with Inder Verma doing stem cell research in 2008. He enrolled at MIT with intentions to study biological sciences, graduated with a Bachelor's in 2015, and got his Master of Engineering in 2016.
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David Scott Pilarski Tidmarsh
| Scripps National Spelling Bee winner
| Jeopardy! Teen Tournament winner