A 12-year-old student from California, Ananya Vinay won the 90th US Scripps National Spelling Bee competition on Thursday. Rohan was out of the competition after he misspelt the word 'marram, ' a type of coarse perennial grass. "I hope I get a word I know and I just keep going".
March 5-6, 2017 - A 5-year-old girl from Oklahoma wins a regional spelling bee and qualifies to compete in the 2017 national event. We would like you to spell a word. These spelling bees are highly competitive and are usually limited to Indian Americans, which is why such a large proportion of competitors have Indian origins, even though Indian Americans make up a mere 0.9% of the American population.
Schaff's mother, Michele Schaff, who homeschools her two children, said she knew her daughter had a talent for spelling. She is the first solo national spelling bee champ since 2013. Reportedly, a tie breaker test was also added this year however, it did not come into play.
Ananya, a 12-year-old Californian, cheers for the Golden State Warriors.
She will take home more than $40,000 in cash and prizes.
"It's like a dream come true", Ananya said.
Vinay, Rajeev, Shourav Dasari and Mira Dedhia were the final four in the competition, and it took a long time for any of them to drop out with several rounds of flawless spelling.
"It was interesting to go back-and-forth for so many rounds", she said.
Mira Dedhia, trying to become the first offspring of a past competitor to win, finished third. It was a few rounds later that he stumbled on the word "struldbrug" and placed fourth in the competition.
Ananya has honed up her skills at national bee round for Indian-Americans, the North South Foundation and the South Asian Spelling Bee contest but she never won any of those contests before claiming the national bee contest this year.