A late night showdown between a young girl and boy at the Scripps National Spelling Bee has landed a sixth-grader the championship title and $40,000 in cash and prizes. Dasari correctly spelled his word.
"Go [Steph] Curry", she said moments before Golden State defeated Cleveland in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Indian-Americans have won 18 of the past 22 Spelling Bees and have established themselves as serious competitors. She is the 13th consecutive Indian-American to win the spelling bee contest.
"Congratulations to our 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion, Ananya Vinay". And she spelled the word "nyctinasty" correctly.
"It was interesting to go back-and-forth for so many rounds", she said.
Rohan Rajeev, 14, from Edmond, Okla. She had already prepared one week in advance to "motivate me to study more", Ananya told the Associated Press.More news: Aussie killed in San Francisco tourist area after brawl
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The Bee tested participants' knowledge of Webster's Unabridged Dictionary.
Ananya Vinay of California won the spelling bee after 20 championship rounds, winning $40,000.
If they're lucky enough, some of the contestants get a couple words right during the ESPN national broadcast and are PUMPED to get them right. This year, Scripps added a tie breaker option, though it did not come to that between Vinay and Rajeev.
The victor receives a $40,000 grand prize and plenty of bragging rights, while second place gets a $30,000 reward. She aced words like "nyctinasty" and "tapas". After three straight years of ties, the bee added a tiebreaker test this year, and it looked like it might come into play as Ananya and Rohan dueled for almost 20 rounds.
Ananya then asked for which part of speech is it, to which co-host Chris Cuomo said "it could be a noun, but may be used as a verb and as an insult".