June 02, 2015

Spellbound: Where are they now, part 2

“Having watched Spellbound, I realized that several of my competitors weren’t any worse than me ability-wise, but they didn’t have the same advantages—economic privilege, educational background, family dynamics,” she says. “I know that played a big, big role in my success. As a 14-year-old, I really thought I was one of the best spellers out there. In hindsight, I think, yeah, I was a very good speller, but I also had some of the best preparation and resources out there. I had a mom who had a graduate degree in linguistics. Parents who have literally hundreds of books in the house, and who were very motivated to help me succeed.” (Nupur Lapa, Spellbound)
The most popular entry on this blog is a "Where are they now?" post I wrote 5 years ago about the Spellbound kids. The Smithsonian Magazine has a recent update. (Surprise fact: Nupur's mother is a linguist!)

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