Ananya was on the radar of some veteran bee watchers but didn't come in with a high profile. So, I'm just thrilled that the roulette wheel spun in her favor.
Vinay takes home a $40,000 cash prize and trophy, along with a $2,500 USA savings bond and complete reference library, a trip to New York City and Hollywood. She rarely took even half her allotted 2 minutes to spell. But the part of speech question caused a slight disagreement between the anchors. "She was communicating with sign language before she had the vocal-chord abilities to speak", Michele Schaff said.
Ananya wasn't one of them. Her win came after runner-up Rohan Rajeev misspelled the word "marram", and she was able to spell "gifblaar" and "marocain" correctly. The winning word was "marocain", which refers to a type of silk or rayon dress fabric, International Business Times noted. And she took time to console Rohan, who remained in his seat, wiping tears from his eyes. Her win is also the first solo victory in three years as previous ones ended in a tie. A 12-year-old Fresno, California has won the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday.
Ananya was crowned the victor of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee held in Oxon Mill, Maryland, a suburb of the nation's capital.
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Her compatriot made the Australian Open semi-finals in January, 18 years after she was in the last four at Wimbledon. The courts were "incredibly bad" and there were no ball boys but Martic didn't care.
During the contest, Ananya showed no emotion and rarely smiled.
"It was interesting to go back-and-forth for so many rounds", she said. Now, she'll return only in a ceremonial role to help present the trophy to next year's victor. Her favourite sport is basketball, and she is a Golden State Warriors fan.
"He's unbelievable, probably a much better speller than I ever was".
In the end, Rohan made all of Oklahoma extremely proud.