German words are no longer the nemesis of 13 year old  Arvind Mahankali.    The 8th grader represented New York in this years Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Arvind  has never had a "knaidel," but he was able to spell the German-derived Yiddish word for a matzo ball Thursday night to earn the trophy and more than $30,000 in cash and prizes.

Arvind finished third the two previous years, eliminated both times on German words.

Arvind admires Albert Einstein and hopes to become a physicist. He's the first boy to win the bee since 2008, and the first champion from the Big Apple since Rebecca Sealfon in 1997.

The runner-up Thursday night was 13-year-old Pranav Sivakumar from Tower Lakes, Ill.