Before taking the stage at the ESPN-aired spelling bee, Ananya’s short biography stated her goal of touring the Google campus. The day after she clinched the title of top speller in America, a Google tech writer reached out to The Bee and said Ananya was definitely invited to the Mountain View offices.
Ananya’s trip is detailed in an interview with Google’s The Keyword. She said her favorite part of the tour was seeing the first server, known as the “corkboard server.” Then she got to use Google Earth, which she used to she zoom in on her grandmother’s home in Kerala, India.
In June, Ananya and her family got a limo trip to Oakland’s Oracle Arena to see the Golden State Warriors play on the night they clinched their own championship in Game 5 of the NBA finals. She had previously wished her favorite player, Steph Curry, good luck. After winning the spelling bee, Ananya went on a whirlwind TV tour, appearing on Live with Kelly and Ryan, Jimmy Kimmel Live and several news networks. She also rang the bell at the New York Stock Exchange.
If Ananya could work at Google, she said she would like working in the division where medical research is done. She wants to diagnose diseases. This summer, she went to “mini medical school” camp and got to perform dissections. And she mentioned that now she is “going deep” into math and science. Just imagine what she can do with that.
While at the Google complex, Ananya shared an experience with one of Google’s features. She said that during the national spelling bee, the spellers all joined in on a Google Hangouts chat. They shared study tips and quizzed each other. But when the communication was done by typing, not video, Ananya said autocorrect got in the way of things. Words that were not familiar were instantly marked incorrect. Ananya said “I’ve beaten autocorrect a lot.”
Ananya said she will open next year’s national spelling bee competitions, since she can’t compete again after winning the national trophy.
And as she head to seventh grade, Ananya said her next hobby will be debate.