National Spelling Bee champ clinches title with 'marocain'

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Ananya Vinay showed little emotion as she plowed through word after mystifying word in the final rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Rohan Rajeev misspelled it as "marem", opening the door for Ananya Vinay's victory. 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. Ananya Vinay spelled it correctly during her duel for the title with Rohan Rajeev. According to the contest's official rules, all spelling bee words are pulled from the Merriam-Webster Unabridged dictionary, the "final authority and sole source for the spelling of words".

INSKEEP: And you are right on track with Edith Fuller, who correctly spelled the word tapas yesterday at the National Spelling Bee. Then she advanced to the prime-time finals with bodhran, an Irish drum. The California sixth grader was upbeat when she said:"It's like a dream come true".

"I'd say don't think about what's going to happen next, just focus on the present".

But, at the end of the long tournament, Vinay is a champion, and a champion with a message for her favorite National Basketball Association team and her favorite athlete. "I want to start teaching them and maybe William might want to go the spelling bee too", she added. The lanky Texan had the most swagger of the finalists, at one point spelling the word "Mogollon" as soon as he heard it and turning around to return to his seat. Associated Press reported the bee had a written tiebreaker test ready this year.

Tejas, 14, finished in the top 10 twice before and reassumed his place there this year after an earlier-than-expected exit last year.

"I was honestly, absolutely shocked".

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Shruthika Padhy, 11, from Cherry Hill, N.J., reacts after misselling "quintain "during the finals of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017".

And whatever Dr. Jacques Bailly's answer is Latin, Greek, French, German, Spanish, some mix of any of them, or even the dreaded "unknown origin", the kids will use that information to help guide them forward.

"One of the oldest, most familiar games that you can play as an English language speaker is spelling and spelling bees".

Welch survived round three but her mother, Sophie Welch, said her daughter didn't make the finals "but this has been a great experience beyond the words".

Others hung on by correctly spelling catafalque, outarde and chryselephantine.

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