Memorable words from the National Spelling Bee

Washington- A 12-year-old Indian-American girl from California has won the 90th National Spelling Bee, defeating another Indian-American.

As each competitor waited for their opponent to slip up, the rivals had spelt words including cheiropompholyx, durchkomponiert and tchefuncte. In the end, Rajeev misspelled the word marram before Vinay spelled two words correctly to win the bee.

Ananya didn't seem at all anxious about the difficulty of the words and later said: "I knew them all". "I am so happy right now", she told ESPN after the competition. She will get $40,000 in cash and prizes.

Some spellers, in earlier rounds, tripped over words including Corriedale, toreutics, cleidoic and panettone, weeding down the field headed for the finish of the 90th national Bee, while others hung on by correctly spelling catafalque, outarde and chryselephantine. Scripps National Spelling Bee included a tie-breaker round in this edition of the competition, but it was not needed as Vinay calmly spelled her way to victory. She is also the 13th consecutive Indian-American victor; 18 of the last 20 bees were won by Indian-Americans. Upon her win, she looked unphased until her family joined her-particularly her awesomly expressive father, Vinay Sreekumar-and she flashed a wide grin. "Language of origin?" she questioned with a laugh. "I had fun", she said.

The request by Alisyn Camerota and Chris Cuomo seemed to confuse Ananya Vinay, the 12-year old spelling champion, Mediaite reported.

Vinay plans to split the money with her 7-year-old brother and put it in her college account.

"You can find words in interesting places", she was quoted as saying by the "USA Today". Like most of her predecessors, she honed her craft in highly competitive national bees that are limited to Indian-Americans, the North South Foundation and the South Asian Spelling Bee, although she did not win either.

She left out the "v" - but it's not a real word anyway, so no harm done.

Inside Edition caught up with Edith at her home where she spelled a few words for us like "refrigerator" and "escalator". In 2016, Vinay, a natural speller and an avid reader, had volunteered for the Fresno Community Food Bank where she and her friends organised a food drive for Thanksgiving.

  • Leroy Wright