Scripps National Spelling Bee: Sixth-grader spells 'marocain' for the win

After three consecutive ties, the National Spelling Bee was determined to have a solo victor, so it added a new tiebreaker procedure for Thursday night's finals in Oxon Hill, Md. Marocain is a type of crepe fabric of silk or rayon and the word is derived from French.

The victor is entitled to a $40,000 cash prize, a trophy and other awards, including a $2,500 U.S. savings bond from Merriam-Webster as well as trips to NY and California for televised appearances.

Like a true champ, Vinay's training kicked in, and she began asking all the questions she was taught. Ananya correctly spelled the word "marocain" to win the annual event.

Still holding the trophy, the Golden State Warriors fan wished her team good luck in the ongoing National Basketball Association finals.

Some of the words they spelled: Heiligenschein.

In earlier rounds, some spellers tripped over words including Corriedale, toreutics, cleidoic and panettone, weeding down the field headed for the finish of the 90th national Bee.

Ananya was crowned the victor of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee held in Oxon Mill, Maryland, a suburb of the nation's capital. This year, the been introduced a written "tiebreaker test" to prevent two contestants sharing the title. For each of the past three years, the bee ended in ties after contestants successfully went through the competition's entire list of words.

This astonishing legacy of Indian-American spelling whizzes has already become the subject of academic study. Her wins breaks a streak of three straight years of co-champions.

On Thursday morning, 40 finalists sat on stage in a ballroom, . She wins United States dollars 40,000 in cash, a trophy and other prizes, the report said.

According to her she arrived at the competition with high hopes and was disappponted by her performance but will not allow that to derail her ambitions. Minutes after winning the Bee, she received the news that the Warriors were coasting to a Game 1 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Think you can do better than these kids?

  • Larry Hoffman