Ananya Vinay, Indian-origin student, wins Scripps National Spelling Bee 2017

The language of origin was easy: gibberish. Minutes after winning the Bee, she received the news that the Warriors were coasting to a Game 1 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. The spelling battle between Ananya and Rohan lasted for almost 20 rounds. "I'm so happy right now".

Vinay won $40,000 in cash, a $2,500 savings bond and a large collection of reference books, NPR reported.

Well, it is to mention that in the past three years, the tournament ended in ties after the contestants successfully completed the entire lists of words.

Last year, Ananya fared well enough on the bee's written spelling and vocabulary test to make the top 50, but she flubbed a relatively easy word, "multivalent", on stage. Ananya Vinay, 12, from Fresno, Calif., celebrates with her mother Anu Pama Poliyedathpp, left, and father Vinay Sreekumar, after being presented with a trophy by E.W. Scripps Company Chairman, President and Chief Executi.

Like any spelling bee contestant, Ananya asks questions about the word to try and understand it better.

As a sixth-grader, she could have come back for two more years, had she fallen short.

The 12-year-old spelled "marocain", which is a dress fabric that is made with a warp of silk or rayon and a filling of other yarns.

The newly crowned United States 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.

Ananya and Rohan, an eighth-grader from Edmond, Oklahoma, went head to head for nearly 20 rounds. Rohan's close call was even more heartbreaking. "She played to win and win she did", the National Spelling Bee's official account tweeted on Friday.

Ananya Vinay and another Indian-American Rohan Rajeev faced each other in the final round on Thursday night at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Centre in Maryland, according to media reports.

Mira Dedhia, trying to become the first offspring of a past competitor to win, finished third. However, it was not too long, before she was foiled by the word saccharomycete, a yeast fungus, and fell out of the competition.

They almost needed it, as finalists Ananya Vinay and Rohan Rajeev burned through round after round of words.

Vanya Shivashankar was co-winner of the bee in 2015.

Vinay didn't wind up spelling it correctly.

  • Larry Hoffman