Naysa Modi – Project Manager

Naysa Modi placed 2nd at the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee! She competed at Scripps, North South Foundation, South Asian Spelling Bee, etc. for 5 years! Naysa loves swimming, martial arts, and soccer. She can’t wait to devote her energy to helping future spellers prepare for their own spelling bees!


Veronica Goveas is a rising senior from Menomonee Falls, WI. In addition to her enthusiasm in spelling, Veronica is also very involved in Bharatanatyam (an Indian classical dance form), and band in which she plays the trumpet. Veronica is passionate about the healthcare field and is a part of HOSA: Future Health Professionals through which she has placed 3rd (freshman year) and 2nd (sophomore year) at the international level in her event. She is also the team captain and founder of her school’s forensics chapter. Veronica competed in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2016. AS the Mental Health Head of the Queen Bee Project, Veronica aims to improve the mental health of spellers by providing support and advice to them along their spelling journeys.

Brain Bee Rep – Asritha Sure

Asritha Sure hopes to raise awareness for the competition by helping everyone figure out how the competition works and what kinds of things to do to prepare for it. She’s a senior in high school and her favorite things to do are eat mangoes and dance. She has a deep interest in neuroscience, and she’s interested in spreading that love and passion to other students through the Queen Bee Project!

Geography Bee Rep – Nick Sarji

Nick is a senior at Kalaheo High School in Hawaii. He loves playing sports and exploring nature. Through the Queen Bee Project, he hopes to spread the love of geography to local youth, and maybe learn a thing or two about himself along the way!

Scripps REP – Shruthika Padhy

Shruthika competed in the Scripps National Spelling Bee for 4 years from 2016-2019. She placed 22nd, 10th, 7th, and eventually won the co-championship in 2019! She believes being mentally prepared for being on stage (and in front of cameras) while under pressure is very important. Therefore, she’d love to help other spellers through the Queen Bee Project, especially help them be calm and collected on stage.

SCRIPPS REP – IScent George

Iscent and loves spelling, but would also love to help kids through the ins and outs of the psychological aspects of the Bee. When she competed, she found it hard to cope with the mental competition as well, and she hopes that every speller that comes in contact with her feels better about themselves and about their preparedness. Through the Queen Bee project, she hopes to inspire spellers to care about their mental welfare.

SCRIPPS REP – Yolanda Ni

Yolanda is going to be a sophomore in high school, and placed 14th at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2019. She is part of the curriculum development team at Bluegrass Literacy Project, and enjoys playing the violin and the piano. She would like to contribute her voice to the speller community through the Queen Bee Project!

NSF/SASB Rep – Sravanth Malla

Sravanth is a rising junior at North Rockland High School. He was the champion of the South Asian Spelling Bee in 2017, as well as a 4-time participant at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. In his final year of participation, he placed 6th, achieving the top score of the preliminary Test. Through the Queen Bee Project, he hopes to continue his experience of the Spelling Bee, as well as help other spellers follow in the path of many who have achieved great success.