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Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:03 am, Thu Jun 20, 2013.

Rep. Grace Meng (D-Bayside) honored Scripps National Spelling Bee Arvind Mahankali on Sunday with an American flag that she arranged to have flown over the U.S. Capitol in his honor.

The 13-year-old Bayside Hills MS 74 student won the contest on May 30 after he correctly spelled “knaidel,” the Yiddish word for matzo ball.

In honor of the winning word, Meng and Mahankali sampled the new line of mini-knaidels cooked up by Jay Parker, the owner of Ben’s Best Deli in Rego Park, which the restaurant is naming after the spelling bee champ.

The event also marked Mahankali’s first-ever knaidel meal in Queens.

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