Nupur Lala, 14, from Tampa, Florida, celebrates after winning the 72nd annual Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC, 03 June, 1999. Lala spelled L-O-G-O-R-R-H-E-A, which means incoherent wordiness, to win the contest (MARIO TAMA/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON (AP) - She's the National Spelling Bee winner who became an instant movie star.
It's been 14 years since Nupur Lala triumphed at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. She happened to win in the same year the competition was featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary "Spellbound."
That means the perks, drawbacks and stereotypes experienced by every bee winner are magnified for Lala, now 28 and preparing to enter medical school.
She also started a trend in which Indian-Americans have dominated the bee in recent years.
Lala said it can be tough dealing with the stereotypes and expectations, but that winning the bee has been an overwhelming positive in her life. She'll be watching intently this week as the 86th edition of the bee takes place near Washington, D.C.