National Spelling Bee gets down to final 4

She's off and spelling. Fresno girl survives first word in final of national bee

"Congratulations to our 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion, Ananya Vinay". She wins Dollars 40,000 in cash, a trophy and other prizes, the report said. Sometimes she would blurt out questions, with little intonation - "Part of speech?" With her, 18 Indian origin kids have won the contest out of 22 since 1999.

Ananya's winning word, marocain, is a French word for a dress fabric of ribbed crepe, made of silk or wool or both. "I knew them all".

At 11:30 p.m. Ananya was on the stage with confetti falling all around her as her parents and brother ran to embrace her in celebration.

The victor received an engraved trophy, a $40,000 cash prize, a $2,500 USA savings bond, and an Encyclopaedia Britannica reference library.

TMW you win the Scripps National Spelling Bee and your favorite NBA team kills it in Game 1 of the NBA Finals - Congrats, Ananya!

The bee added a written tiebreaker test this year, but it didn't come into play.

Earlier during bee week, the star of the event was 6-year-old Edith Fuller, who became the youngest contestant at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Upon her win, she looked unphased until her family joined her-particularly her awesomly expressive father, Vinay Sreekumar-and she flashed a wide grin. "We'd like you to spell a word", Camerota said.

Whoever takes the title, he or she will be the first outright victor in a while. Rohan's close call was even more heartbreaking.

Ananya Vinay and another Indian-American Rohan Rajeev faced each other in the final round on Thursday night at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Centre in Maryland, according to media reports. Her mother, Lekshmi Nair, competed from 1988-1990. Three other former top-10 spellers were eliminated.

Vanya Shivashankar was co-winner of the bee in 2015.

"I was honestly, absolutely shocked".

"It was interesting to go back-and-forth for so many rounds", she said. Last year, Nihar Janga of Texas and Jairam Hathwar of NY jointly won the title, as per a CNN report.

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