Sixth-grader wins National Spelling Bee

Pressure's on: National spelling bee down to final 15

Ananya was on the radar of some veteran bee watchers but didn't come in with a high profile. That wouldn't be a problem, Ananya said.

Meet 12-year-old Ananya Vinay, from Fesco, California. "Just to motivate me to study more".

Ananya Vinay, a 12-year-old sixth grader from Fresno, California, swept the 90th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee Thursday night after a tense final 25 rounds. But the part of speech question caused a slight disagreement between the anchors.

"Language of origin", Ananya said with a little giggle. However, after Rajeev misspelled the word "marram" in Round 20, Vinay went 2-for-2 on her next words to win.

At 11:30 p.m. Ananya was on the stage with confetti falling all around her as her parents and brother ran to embrace her in celebration. She took time to console Rohan, who remained in his seat, wiping tears from his eyes. It is the first time since 2013 that the bee has declared a single champion instead of ending in a tie. The Spelling Bee tested the contestant's knowledge of Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, as per ABC news.

This year's bee breaks the trend of ties for the top spot. When Vinay asked for a definition, Camerota told her it was a word made up by the 45th president.

"OK, you really have to give me a word I know right now".

"C-O-F-E-F-E?" she guessed, while giggling could be heard in the background.

16-year-old Lily Tugbah was the only African among 291 representatives drawn from various countries to participate in the competition and she believes that the experience amassed from the competition will go a long way to help her academic journey.

Still holding the trophy, the Golden State Warriors fan wished her team good luck in the ongoing National Basketball Association finals. Rohan's close call was even more heartbreaking.

No matter. She got the word right and advanced to the finals of the competition.

Mira Dedhia, an eighth-grader from IL finished third. Her mother, Lekshmi Nair, competed in 1988, 1989 and 1990.

Before Ananya and Rohan began their lengthy duel, some better-known spellers were surprisingly eliminated.

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

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