National Spelling Bee champ clinches title with 'marocain'

As a resident of Cali and a Warriors fan, Vinay couldn't leave the stage without giving a shoutout to her hero Steph Curry, who had finished off a 113-90 rout of the Cavs the same night.

12-year-old Indian-origin Ananya Vinay won the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee 2017 contest yesterday.

The 14-year-old eighth-grader from Lubbock Christian School advanced to the national bee after he won the 66th A-J Media Regional Spelling Bee in March.

Ananya said she knew every word she got in the Bee.

She'd spent 45 minutes and almost two dozen rounds going back and forth with 14-year-old Rohan Rajeev, of Edmond, Okla.

At the final round, there was a tough competition between two competitors Rohan Rajeev and Ananya Vinay Here's some of the words which she correctly spelt to win the competition. It was his second time competing at the national bee.

"Part of speech?" asked Ananya, further trying to map the word in her vast mental vocabulary.

Congratulations to our 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion, Ananya Vinay.

Ananya and Rohan Rajeev, an eighth-grader from Edmond, Oklahoma, went head to head for nearly 20 championship rounds spelling their words so assuredly.

Huberty said she wanted to thank all the people who supported her back home.

Luckily, Vinay had a better performance on Thursday night - taking the opportunity to strike when opponent Rohan Rajeev flubbed the Scandinavian-derived word, "Marram" (beach grass) and taking the crown by successfully spelling "Marocain" (a type of dress fabric of ribbed crepe) to win the 90th annual bee.

Here are some other tough words which Ananya Vinay spelt correctly and became the victor this year.

After three consecutive years of ties, the Bee this year had a sole champion.

She appealed to the judges saying that they have to give her the word she knows at the moment.

"Good enough", Cuomo said. After three straight years of ties, the bee added a tiebreaker test this year, and it looked like it might come into play as Ananya and Rohan dueled for 21 of the allotted 25 championship rounds.

  • Salvatore Jensen