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13-year-old Arvind Mahankali wins 85th Scripps National Spelling Bee: 'I still haven't really fully understood what has happened'

Thirteen-year-old Arvind Mahankali beat out 281 participants in the 86th Scripps National Spelling Bee last night, earning his place as this year’s national champion along with $30 thousand in prize money.

Mahankali talks about his big win with John Berman and Christine Romans on "Starting Point" this morning. He says, "I still haven't really fully understood what has happened."

Talking about placing third in the competition the past two years Mahankali says, "I didn't feel any pressure because I didn't think about any of that when I was going to the finals."

Next year Mahankali says he plans to participate in the Math Olympiads and Physics Olympiads.

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