Ananya Vinay, 12, wins United States spelling bee competition

She wins United States dollars 40,000 in cash, a trophy and other prizes, the report said. Sometimes she would blurt out questions in a near-monotone - "Part of speech?"

"Language of origin?" she inquired.

"It was just fun to see how far it would go", Ananya said after defeating Rohan Rajeev, 14, of Edmond Oklahoma during the stirring 25-word championship round.

Ananya Vinay is the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee victor after correctly spelling the word marocain after the 20th championship round.

"But I'm kind of exhausted at the same time", Ananya added.

She barely cracked a smile even when her parents and younger brother stormed onto the stage to embrace her after she secured victory. She took time to console Rohan, who remained in his seat, wiping tears from his eyes.

"It's like a dream come true, I'm so happy right now".

After consoling her fellow competitor and lifting her trophy, she flashed a toothy grin to the audience.

She is taking home a $40,000 grand prize and plenty of bragging rights. It ended in a tie for three consecutive years.

It was at that moment Ananya's winning streak came to a screeching halt.

Vogoti reached this year's final round by correctly spelling the word ptosis (sagging of an organ) during Thursday afternoon's phase of the spelling bee finals, and becomes one of 15 finalists for the last evening round.

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

"You can find words in interesting places", she was quoted as saying by the "USA Today".

Hosts Alisyn Camerota and Chris Cuomo told the unsuspecting sixth-grader they had a challenge for her and asked her to spell "covfefe".

Rajeev finally made his first mistake on marram, a surprise after succeeding on much longer words throughout the competition.

The newly crowned USA spelling bee champion was stumped when she was asked to spell President Donald Trump's mysterious term that caused a firestorm on Twitter, "covfefe" during a live television interview.

The contest was held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in suburban Washington.

Before Ananya and Rohan began their lengthy duel, the primetime finals were marked by surprising eliminations of better-known spellers.

  • Leroy Wright