Frisco ISD’s Karthik Nemmani plans to use Spelling Bee prize money towards Ivy League college

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The 14-year-old McKinney resident who won the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May said he plans to use the prize money to pursue an Ivy League education.

Karthik Nemmani took home more than $42,000 worth of prizes after winning the premier spelling competition, which culminated in a championship on May 31 in Oxon Hill, Maryland. The prize haul included a $40,000 cash award from Scripps and another $2,500 cash prize from Merriam-Webster. The dictionary publisher and Encyclopedia Britannica also provided Karthik with a series of reference materials.

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