National Spelling Bee champ can spell everything... except 'covfefe'

Frederick Owens
June 15, 2017

The competition, which was held in Washington's Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, had Vinay competing for 12 hours.

"I think I've done pretty well", she said. "I'm pretty pleased with how I did". Despite qualifying for the National Spelling Bee in 2015, she was unable to attend as she didn't have a sponsor who could help pony up the costs of attending the event that's on the other side of the country from her small California town.

"Congratulations to our 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion, Ananya Vinay".

A student of Fugman Elementary school, Vinay considers spelling a sport. In the third round of the finals, she scored with genipap, an edible fruit the size of an orange. However, she spelt the word right and advanced to the finals of the competition. "I am so happy right now", she said.

Before Ananya and Rohan began their lengthy duel, the primetime finals were marked by surprising eliminations of better-known spellers.

The little girl took away home a United States dollars 40,000 cash prize.

"I know what worked for me, which is flash cards", Shruthika said.

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Last year's co-champions, Nihar Janga and Jiaram Hathwar, say asking for the definition may matter even more. "Now I know what to do". However, when the points from her correct spellings and her score on a written test were combined, she did not advance to the finals that were conducted Thursday. The Spelling Bee tested the contestant's knowledge of Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, as per ABC news.

Cheirotompholyx, durchkomponiert and tchefuncte were among the words the two spelled correctly during the round.

This year, the spelling bee has a single victor for the first time since 2013, having had two kids sharing the title over the past three years.

The 12-year-old took home the prize by spelling the French word "marocain". The official guide listed Jonathan as one of seven Pennsylvania residents to finish first, since he was sponsored by the now-defunct Philadelphia Bulletin.

Vinay outlasted 291 other kids and fought through several rounds against runner-up Rohan Rajeev to claim the spelling bee trophy and its $40,000 grand prize.

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