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Akash Vukoti (May 29th, 2009) is an American spelling prodigy and TV personality with Indian ancestry. Akash rose to fame by appearing in the NBC Super Hit TV show Little Big Shots in March 2016.[1]. He was the First Ever First Grader to qualify and compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2016 [2]. On September 25, 2018, Vukoti was announced as one of the young celebrities who will compete on the Dancing with the stars: Juniors. His professional partner is Kamri Peterson.[3].

Akash Vukoti (www.akashvukoti.com)
BornMay 29th, 2009 (age 9)
Rockville, Maryland, USA
Years active  2012 - Present

Spelling Career[edit | edit source]

Akash Vukoti is a genius who can read write three languages [4]. He started reading very early, participated in his first spelling bee at the age of 2 years and won at the age of 4 years[5][6]. He was inducted into the American Mensa at the age of 3[7] and named as the Davidson Young Scholar at the age of 5 [8][9]. In Kindergarten, he was tied for the 2nd runner-up of the Canton Repository 69th Regional Final Spelling Bee [10][11] and emerged as a Champion in the 28th San Angelo Regional Spelling Bee in first grade, which qualified him to participate in the National Spelling Bee[12]. He became the First-First Grader ever to compete in the history of the National Spelling Bee in 2016. He is popular for his systematic approach of spelling the word in the Spelling Bees. Even though, he misspelt in the third round and was out of the competition, he won the hearts of viewers everywhere for his competitive attitude and charming smile at the 2016 National Spelling Bee[13][14][15][16][17]. Akash, who is home-schooled by his Mom, also competed in the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee[18].

TV Shows[edit | edit source]

Akash appeared on several TV shows and his YouTube videos became popular with millions of views. Akash appeared three times on the Popular TV Show Little Big Shots: First he appeared in the Season – 1 in 2016, then in 2017 for the season - 2[19][20] and he also appeared in the Little big Shots-UK in 2017. Jimmy Kimmel paired up with Akash to hilariously challenge the 2016 Co-Champions in the 13th Annual Jimmy Kimmel Live Spelling Bee on June 3rd 2016[21]. He was the guest on the Steve Harvey (Talk_show) in 2016[22] and competed with Harry Connick Jr on the Harry (talk Show) in 2017.

Documentaries / Film[edit | edit source]

Akash has been featured in the HBO and BBC documentaries. Episode 231 titled “Brain Games and Mental Athletes” of the Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel features Akash which first aired on June 21st 2016[23] The BBC documentary “The Human Body: Secrets of your life revealed” showcasing Akash talent aired on Oct 9th 2017 on BBC [24]. Akash is one of the four spelling stars featured in the 2018 Award winning documentary Film “Breaking the Bee[25][26][27] [28][29].

Recognitions[edit | edit source]

Akash was honored by the Indian American Associations in 2017. Telugu Association of North America TANA presented him with the Special Recognition Award[30] at its 21st biennial celebrations in St Louis MO. North American Telugu Society NATS awarded the honorary title “DhaaranaVaamana”[31] on its 5th Biennial celebrations in Schaumburg, IL.

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Akash Vukoti is the son of Chandrakala Jandyam and Dr. Krishna Vukoti, who emigrated to the United States of America from Andhra Pradesh, India. The couple has older daughter Amrita, who is also a member of Mensa and Davidson young Scholar[32].

Philanthropy[edit | edit source]

Akash loves philanthropy and donated to various non-profit organizations like Children's Miracle Network in San Angelo, Wikipedia, Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, Water.org and Kerala Floods Relief Fund[33]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Scripp’s National Spelling Bee’s Youngest Contestant Akash Vukoti Was Too C-U-T-E: See Him in Action
  2. Watch Indian-American Children Win Another National Spelling Bee
  3. Dancing with the Stars: Juniors Cast Announcement | Dancing with the Stars: Juniors
  4. Meet the 6-year-old genius who will steal the show at this year's national spelling bee
  5. Meet the 6-year-old genius who will steal the show at this year's national spelling bee
  6. breaking-the-bee-examines-what-it-takes-to-w-i-n
  7. G-E-N-I-U-S: Jackson Township siblings are among youngest Mensa members
  8. G-E-N-I-U-S: Jackson Township siblings are among youngest Mensa members
  9. Davidson website link
  10. Aquinas Middle student claims spelling bee prize
  11. G-E-N-I-U-S: Jackson Township siblings are among youngest Mensa members
  12. San Angelo Spelling Bee names new winner
  13. A 6-year-old charms the National Spelling Bee before getting eliminated
  14. 6-Year-Old May Be Out Of Spelling Bee, But This Kid Is A Winner
  15. 6-year-old Texan misspells word, ending his spelling bee competition
  16. Jimmy Kimmel Hilariously Challenges Spelling Bee Co-Champions to an Epic Showdown
  17. This Six-Year-Old Was the First Star of the 2016 National Spelling Bee
  18. The Kids Are A-L-R-I-G-H-T
  19. Steve Harvey Schools Spelling Bee Champ on ‘Words From the Hood’
  20. Spelling Bee Whiz Akash Vukoti Returns to Little Big Shots
  21. Jimmy Kimmel's Spelling Bee Competition Is Extra Challenging, Thanks to Guillermo
  22. Precocious local speller drawing national attention, studying hard
  23. Mind Games: 'HBO Real Sports' Examines Spelling Bee Stars
  24. The precocious 7 year old performing in the San Angelo Spelling Bee, Texas.
  25. Breaking the Bee (2018)
  27. CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL March 27 – April 7 2019 Ad Hoc Docs Competition
  28. Breaking the bee: Indian kids are spelling out a new sport in America
  29. Breaking the Bee: How a 20-year Indian-American dynasty was captured on film
  30. TANA Document
  31. [NATS pdf Document]
  32. G-E-N-I-U-S: Jackson Township siblings are among youngest Mensa members
  33. Precocious local speller drawing national attention, studying hard

External links[edit | edit source]

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