12-year-old crowned champion of Scripps National Spelling Bee

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12-year-old crowned champion of Scripps National Spelling Bee
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05 June, 2017

Ananya Vinay of Fresno, California won the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday, spelling the word "marocain" to take home $40,000.

As each competitor waited for their opponent to slip up, the rivals had spelt words including cheiropompholyx, durchkomponiert and tchefuncte. He missed after spelling "marram" incorrectly, a word that refers to a type of coarse, perennial grass.

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

More than 20 Indian-American students in 40 spellers competed in the final day of this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee, reaffirming a phenomenal trend for almost a decade.

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. She's the 13th consecutive Indian-American to win the bee, and the 18th of the past 22 winners with Indian heritage. "I knew them all", she said. She said she felt fantastic after her victory.

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Proving her brightness, Vinay actually came really close to spelling the word correctly, guessing, "C-O-F-E-F-E".

The young girl - who, the Times noted, remained expressionless, save for a slight lift in one cheek - stood still on the stage until her father rushed up and gave her a big hug. 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.

This year's favorite, Shourav Dasari, an eighth-grader from Texas, surprised the audience.

She left out the "v" - but it's not a real word anyway, so no harm done. Her mother, Lekshmi Nair, competed from 1988-1990. "That's the only good answer we've heard about that word in days".

Whether or not this event is touted in the States, the US Scripp National Spelling Bee is making quite a headline today in India.


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