A 12-year-old Californian student, Ananya Vinay, has won the 90th US Scripps National Spelling Bee competition taking home $40,000 cash prize.
Kindergartner Edith Fuller of Tulsa, Okla., the youngest contestant to ever make it to the on-stage rounds of the national bee, was knocked out in a preliminary round late Wednesday because her score on the written test wasn't high enough, the Tulsa Worldreported.
Ananya Vinay of Fresno, California celebrates after winning the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Maryland, U.S., June 1. "Go Curry", she said in an ESPN interview.
The contest was held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in suburban Washington.
Ananya, a 12-year-old Californian, cheers for the Golden State Warriors.
"Part of speech?" asked Ananya, further trying to map the word in her vast mental vocabulary, to which the hosts replied "take your pick!".
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"OK, you really have to give me a word I know right now". She'll deliver it Friday. He missed after spelling "marram" incorrectly, a word that refers to a type of coarse, perennial grass. "Language of origin?" - and sometimes she didn't even bother.
After three straight years of ties, the bee added a tiebreaker test this year, and it looked like it might come into play as Ananya and Rohan duelled for almost 20 rounds. "Definition, please", she asked with a big smile.
Rohan, a 14-year-old eight-grader, will receive $30,000.
Ananya didn't seem at all anxious about the difficulty of the words and later said: "I knew them all".
The victor was sixth-grader Ananya Vinay from California. "He got so many incredible words right", Cole said. Last year, Nihar Janga of Texas and Jairam Hathwar of NY jointly won the title, as per a CNN report.
A contestant, Maggie Sheridan (13) from OH exclaimed "What?!", throwing her hands in disbelief when she learned she correctly spelled whirlicote, a type of luxurious carriage, with one second to spare. "It was stunning", former speller Jacob Williamson said.