Rajiv Tarigopula (Son of physicians Choudary Tarigopula and Sumitra Vasireddy) outperforms 87 other vocabulary scholars, winning $5,000 toward a higher education savings plan and qualifying to compete in the National Vocabulary Championship Finals in Los Angeles is the only Indian American boy.
Rajiv Tarigopula, a 15-year-oldsophomore at Parkway West High School in Ballwin outperformed 87 otherlocal high school vocabulary scholars tonight, winning the NVC St. Louis Citywide Championship. As the local champion, Tarigopula earned $5,000 toward a "529" higher education savings plan and qualifies compete in the "National Vocabulary Championship" Finals in Los Angeles.
The National Vocabulary Championship is a national academic competition conceived by GSN (Game Show Network) and its educational partner, The Princeton Review. The competition goes beyond traditional 'spelling bees' to test word definitions and overall word comprehension while providing college-bound students with the tools necessary to effectively communicate their ideas to the world. The NVC is hosting eight citywide qualifying events prior to the NVC Finals in LA, in which Tarigopula will go head-to-head with 49 other top scoring students from the 90,000 whom participated throughout the country. The winner of the NVC Finals will receive $40,000 toward a "529" higher education savings plan and the title of 2008 National Vocabulary Champion.
Rajiv Tarigopula has earlier tied for 48th place in 2003, 16th place in 2004, 4th in 2005 and 4th place in 2006 in the Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee.