Meet Ananya Vinay, Winner of 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee Contest

Ananya Vinay, a sixth-grader from Fresno, California, is the victor of of 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee. Of the 291 contestants that advanced to the national level, at least 75 were Indian-Americans, India West reported.

The 12-year-old took home the prize by spelling the French word "marocain".

Just 15 spellers were still standing for Thursday night's final competition. With her, 18 Indian origin kids have won the contest out of 22 since 1999. But she has other plans for the future and hopes to invent a new kind of refrigerator, she said at a press conference. "Weekends, she'll do it, vacations, she'll be like I studied spelling my entire vacation it was so much fun", said Soraya Abedi, friend.

(AP Photo/Cliff Owen). Ananya Vinay, 12, from Fresno, Calif., celebrates with her mother Anu Pama Polyedathpp after winning the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. If there was a tie at the end of the bee, the speller with the better score on the written test would have been named the champ.

Northeast Florida's human dictionary fell short of national glory at the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee.

"I knew them all", she later told reporters.

Paul Loeffler, a former speller and ESPN commentator who also lives in Fresno, was one of a few who expected big things from Ananya in her return. They correctly spelled words including "Cheiropompholyx" - a type of eczema - and "Durchkomponiert", a song style. With the young girl treating it as an actual challenge and trying to get information to help her spell the word, the two hosts tried to keep the joke going.

In the past two years, the Bee ended in a tie.

"I just had a love of reading when I was little and then eventually that became a love of words and then competing in spelling bees", she said.

"Covfefe", she said. "C-o-f-e-f-e, covfefe". It comes from the tale of a princess who was turned into a nightingale.

  • Salvatore Jensen


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