Akash Vukoti, the little Spelling Bee Champion, recently had an exclusive interview with Global Child Prodigy under Prodigy Talks. The renowned Entrepreneur, Educationalist, and Humanitarian, Mr. Kavin Kumar Kandasamy, hosted the talk. He is also the Managing Director of Mangalam Educational Institutions. Mr. Kavin’s institutions serve more than 7000 students every year.
Let’s get to know the motivational story behind Akash Vukoti’s success in this interview.
Akash Vukoti, Tell Us A Little About Yourself
My name is Akash Vukoti, and I am 11-years-old. I am in sixth grade, and I live in Texas, US. My parents say that I started reading at a very young age. I competed in my Spelling bee when I was just 2-years-old. After that, I was inducted into the high IQ society, Mensa at the age of three and I became a Davidson young scholar at five. In 2016, I won my San Angelo Area Regional Spelling Bee Championship, and I competed as the youngest boy ever to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee when I was just 6-years-old.
I was featured in Little Big Shots, HBO, and BBC documentaries. In June 2020, the award-winning documentary film, Spelling The Dream was released in over 190 countries and received excellent reviews not only from the US but also from New York Times, The Hindu, The Indian Express, Singapore, etc. In January 2020, I won the Global Child Prodigy Award.
Do You Do This For Recognition Or for Joy?
I do all this for the joy of doing. All thisstarted when I was 2-years-old, and you can’t convince a toddler to learn Spellings unless the kid is actually into it. I was doing it just because I liked it. I believe that everyone should follow their passion.
Akash Vukoti, How Does Your Recognition Make You Feel?
It’s fantastic, and it’s also a humble feeling to have fans of mine. Also, I have many fans on YouTube which feels so good. My recognition encourages me to do even more.
How Do You Crack The Crack A Word To Spell It?
First, I try to learn about the word, and I see how it’s spelled. Then I try to understand why it’s like that. Whenever I look at the Spelling of the word, I then go and look at the meaning of the word because it is one of the most important things. There is a different section with vocabulary words in the SpellingSpelling Bee. After that, I search for that word in a dictionary and try to find its origin and its history.
Has There Been Any Word That Challenged You?
There have been a lot of words in which there is not much context so I will have to memorize it. But I am pretty sure that there must have been some very few words which challenged me.
How Did You Get On Little Big Shots?
Back in the time, I was also competing in a series of Indian-American Spelling Bee to enhance the spelling capacity of SpellingSpelling. So, the people of Little Big Shots found some clips of me, and then they contacted the foundation, NSF and then the foundation got us. That’s how I went to the show.
Is There Anything You Are The Proudest Of?
Yes, I think the proudest thing for me is to be on the Little Big Shots Season 1 because it was the kick-starter of my career. I am thrilled that I appeared on the show and it was a great moment in my life. Another proud thing was to emerge as the youngest celebrity on the show ‘Dancing With The Stars.’
Tell Us A Little About Your Website
My website is akashvukoti.com, and it has all the information about me. My parents help me maintain the website. Also, My social media is managed by my parents, but I have got YouTube, and I have over 225K subscribers on YouTube. It has videos on several educational topics, including English, Geography, Science, etc.
How Do You Manage Your Studies?
I am homeschooled because it allows me to have the flexibility to adjust my schedule. I have home-work, but I can do it anytime I want. Our school follows the curriculum that Texas state provided.
How Does It Feel To Be A Child Prodigy?
It feels so special to be a prodigy. The GCP Award Ceremony was incredible because I met Dr. Kiran Bedi Ji and other great personalities. The best thing was that I got to interact with other child prodigies from around the world. It was a great honor to receive the award so I would like to thank team GCP, and especially to the founder Mr. Prashant Pandey.
What Do You Want To Be?
My immediate goal is to be the Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion. In future, I want to become a TV show host because I like being in front of the camera and presenting. I also want to do some social service, and maybe I become the president of the United States one day.
Thank You, Akash! You are really energetic, and we look forward to seeing you get success. We wish you all the best for your future.
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