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Educational Contests in US

The educational contests in the U.S. were developed and nurtured by Dr. Murali Gavini since 1993. These contests are designed to encourage excellence among the Indian American children and prepare them to enter into better colleges. Some of the NSF children have achieved top ranks in the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee. Over the years, NSF children have demonstrated superior academic performance and many have been admitted to the top ranking schools such as Harvard, MIT, Stanford and other top-ranking schools.

These contests are open to children of Indian American origin. Based on the contest category, the contests are grouped into Junior, Intermediate or Senior levels for children from first through twelfth grade. The contests are conducted every year in two steps. First, children participate in Regional Contests held at various locations throughout the country during the months of March through May. Participants with high scores, based on a cut-off, will be invited to the National Finals to be held in August-September. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners from each contest are awarded scholarships of $1,000, $500, and $250 respectively, redeemable in the winners' freshman year of college.

The Spelling bee is open to children of Indian origin who are of age 15 and younger. Younger children are encouraged to participate, on equal basis, solely with the aim of familiarizing them with the contest. From 2006, the spelling bee is split into Junior and Senior based on grade, rather than age. The grade eligibility is determined as of February 1.

The Vocabulary contest is a word-meaning contest (in multiple-choice format) open to children of Indian origin who are of age 17 and younger. From 2006, the vocabulary contest has been split into Junior, Intermediate and Senior based on grade. The grade eligibility is determined as of February 1.

The Math Bee is a nation-wide competition among the children of Indian American community. It is aimed at nurturing mathematical skills among children attending pre-K thru grade 10, in a challenging environment. The regional NSF Math Bee was piloted for the first time in 2004 at select centers. Math Bee is available at all centers from 2005. Math Bee is split into 4 levels based on grade. The grade eligibility is determined as of February 1.

The Geography Bee contest is intended to supplement the geography instruction the children receive in their schools including Indian geography and to help the students in preparing for National Geographic Bee, which is an annual nation wide competition for US schools. Geography Bee is split into 2 levels based on grade. The grade eligibility is calculated as of February 1.

The Essay Writing Contest was begun in 2005, in line with the “timed writing” component of current standardized tests designed to foster good writing skills in today’s youth. The objective of the competition is to encourage creativity and leadership skills through essay writing. The competition brings out the ability to think quickly, write persuasively and present well-connected ideas while presenting well-connected ideas in a compact fashion. Essay Writing Bee is split into 3 levels based on grade. The grade eligibility is determined as of February 1.

The Public Speaking started in 2006, is a pilot contest and is one of the growing lists of contests offered by NSF. This contest is offered with a view to help and educate our children on how to prepare and present a speech before their peers or to a group of people. Public Speaking Bee is split into 2 levels based on grade. The grade eligibility is calculated as of February 1.