Indian-American Ananya wins US National Spelling Bee contest

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She called the win "really fantastic". This morning on CNN's New Day, hosts Alisyn Camerota and Chris Cuomo revived the flatlining meme so they could give it its proper death.

A 12-year-old girl from Fresco, California, Ananya Vinay is a sixth grader. So, I'm just thrilled that the roulette wheel spun in her favor.

Vinay, who is from California, took home a cash prize of $40,000 (approximately Rs 25.7 lakh) that she plans to put into her college fund account, Reuters reported.

You can see video of Ananya spelling the winning word below. But the part of speech question caused a slight disagreement between the anchors. "They just know how to break the words apart".

Marocain is a French word for a dress fabric made of ribbed crepe.

Ananya's parents and brother stormed onto the stage to embrace her as the confetti fell. When the contest was over, she consoled runner-up Rohan, who was in tears after dueling for almost 20 rounds.

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It was the first time since 2013 that the bee declared a sole champion. Here's a brief list of words the pair spelled correctly at the end of the Bee that in no way should make you feel really, really dumb. "It motivates me", she said.

"You can find words in interesting places", she was quoted as saying by the "USA Today". It comes from the tale of a princess who was turned into a nightingale. Now, she'll return only in a ceremonial role to help present the trophy to next year's victor.

She'd spent 45 minutes and almost two dozen rounds going back and forth with 14-year-old Rohan Rajeev, of Edmond, Okla. Rohan's close call was even more heartbreaking. And spellers get tripped up by words that many older people come across frequently. Balu Natarajan from IL was the first Indian American to have won the competition back in 1985. She beat out top competitor Rohan Rajeev, 14, on Thursday to win the 90th Scripps Bee. Her mother, Lekshmi Nair, competed in 1988, 1989 and 1990.

Four spellers remain in the Scripps National Spelling Bee almost two hours after the primetime finals began.

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

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