California sixth-grader wins National Spelling Bee with "marocain"

California sixth-grader wins National Spelling Bee with

The results would have been used as a tiebreaker in the event that the finalists were able to make their way through the entire list of prepared words for the finals - as competitors had in 2014, 2015 and 2016. The Spelling Bee competition is not only limited to the states of the U.S., despite being titled the US Scripp National competition, but is an open arena to kids from all over the world, at their time to shine.

Scripps National Spelling Bee champion Ananya Vinay finally met her match Friday morning when asked to take a shot at spelling "covfefe".

Trump initially tweeted the made-up word Tuesday, appearing to attempt to spell "coverage" in another attack of the media.

When Rajeev missed his word, deep into the championship round, Vinay spelled her word correctly, which gave her the opportunity to spell the championship word, marocain.

Ananya was crowned the victor of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee held in Oxon Mill, Maryland, a suburb of the nation's capital.

Ananya of Fresno, California, won the trophy and $40,000 cash prize after a lengthy duel with runner-up Rohan Rajeev. "It was interesting to go back and forth for so many rounds". Her mother, Lekshmi Nair, competed from 1988-1990 but never came close to the title.

Alisyn Camerota and Chris Cuomo, hosts of "New Day", had 12-year-old Ananya Vinay on the show to talk about her victory in the spelling bee, but they soon shifted the conversation away from Vinay.

"Part of speech?" asked Ananya, further trying to map the word in her vast mental vocabulary. Asking the language of origin, Vinay was told it was "gibberish". Other words spelled correctly in the local competition included "macadamia", "octopod", "trek" and "ingenious".

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