Spelling Bee Champ Shows AP How it's Done

Spelling Bee Champ Shows AP How it's Done

Spelling Bee Champ Shows AP How it's Done

The final two spellers - Rohan Rajeev, 14, from Edmond, Okla., and Ananya Vinay, 12, from Fresno, Calif., right - applaud Thursday night during the finals of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, in Oxon Hill, Md.

As each competitor waited for their opponent to slip up, the rivals had spelt words including cheiropompholyx, durchkomponiert and tchefuncte. They correctly spelled words including "Cheiropompholyx" - a type of eczema - and "Durchkomponiert", a song style.

Ananya barely cracked a smile even when her parents and younger brother stormed onto the stage to embrace her as the confetti fell.

As the victor Ananya, a 12-year-old sixth-grader from Fresno, Calif., takes home $40,000 in cash, a $2,500 savings bond and a large collection of reference books.

Vinay then went for it, in true spelling-bee-champion fashion. It had added a tiebreaker test, but it did not come into play. "I knew them all".

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"I knew how driven she was and determined to get here, and she's obviously shown the mental capacity to pull this off", Loeffler said.

"C-O-F-E-F-E?" she guessed, while giggling could be heard in the background. Both Ananya and Rohan battled deep into the championship rounds until Rohan misspelled the word "marram".

According to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Ananya likes to volunteer because she likes to help people. And she'll have to find time to watch her beloved Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals while enjoying the champion's whirlwind media tour.

This year's favorite, Shourav Dasari, an eighth-grader from Texas, surprised the audience. "She's just so dedicated, spelling is her life, I'm just so glad for her", said Mia Uller, friend. Then she paused for a few seconds before spelling the word easily.

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