Ananya Vinay, California 6th Grader, Wins Scripps National Spelling Bee

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Vinay is the 13th consecutive Indian-American to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee, and the 18th of the past 22 winners with Indian heritage.

About 11 million spellers participated in the competition that kicked off at local levels.

The winning word was "marocain", which is a dress fabric that is made with a warp of silk or rayon and a filling of other yarns.

Vinay said she has two plans for her prize money: sharing it with her younger brother and putting it into her college account. Ananya and Rohan, an eighth-grader from Edmond, Oklahoma, went head to head for nearly 20 rounds. "I think she learned from that and she consciously worked on it, how you shouldn't panic, just focus on the word". Marram is a type of beach grass and the word is derived from Scandinavian. "It was interesting to go back and forth for so many rounds".

It was the first time since 2013 that the bee declared a sole champion.

To end that scourge of ties, the spelling bee introduced a written "tiebreaker test" this year.

Vinay, a Fresno, California, native, showed off her confidence the entire way through the finals rounds of the famed competition, only showing emotion via a huge smile when confetti rained down on her.

On Thursday, twelve-year-old Ananya Vinay won the Scripps National Spelling Bee by correctly spelling 35 words in a row until she was asked to spell "covfefe". Sometimes she would blurt out questions, with little intonation - "Part of speech?"

"We have a challenge for you", Alisyn Camerota said.

Despite English not being mother tongue to anyone of Indian origin, it is a moment of pride to recount that kids from our home ground are outshining children who are native to the language. Then she paused for a few seconds before spelling the word easily.

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