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Spelling Bee: Ananya Vinay wins the 2017 National Spelling competition

  • Spelling Bee, Ananya Vinay, Scripps National Spelling Bee
    Ananya Vinay with her mother, holds her trophy

    Ananya Vinay won the Scripps National Spelling Bee taking home a $40,000 cash prize after 12 hours of picking her way along a precarious lifeline of consonants and vowels.

  • Spelling Bee, Ananya Vinay, Scripps National Spelling Bee
    Ananya Vinay celebrates onstage with her parents Anu Pama Poliyedathpp and Vinay Sreekumar

    Vinay, 12, correctly spelled the word marocain, a dress fabric made of warp of silk or rayon and a filling of other yarns

  • Spelling Bee, Ananya Vinay, Scripps National Spelling Bee
    Ananya Vinay celebrates with her mother Anu Pama Poliyedathpp

    Ananya win the spelling bee held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in suburban Washington

  • Spelling Bee, Ananya Vinay, Scripps National Spelling Bee
    Ananya Vinay and Rich Boehne hold the winners trophy

    She said she felt "amazing" after defeating Rohan Rajeev, 14, of Edmond Oklahoma during the stirring 25-word championship round.

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