Ananya Vinay wins Scripps National Spelling Bee competition

Pressure's on National spelling bee down to final 15

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Anna Cockfield, a 13-year-old student at Petoskey Middle School, excelled under the pressure of competing at the Scripps National Spelling Bee this week. Marram is a type of beach grass and the word is derived from Scandinavian.

Ananya's winning word, marocain, is a French word for a dress fabric of ribbed crepe, made of silk or wool or both.

Ananya's victory broke the bee's three-year streak of ending in a tie.

Vinay, a Fresno, California, native, showed off her confidence the entire way through the finals rounds of the famed competition, only showing emotion via a huge smile when confetti rained down on her. Ananya and Rohan, an eighth-grader from Edmond, Oklahoma, went head to head for nearly 20 rounds.

"It's like a dream come true", Ananya said.

Vinay said she has two plans for her prize money: sharing it with her younger brother and putting it into her college account. "They just know how to break the words apart". She is the youngest participant to clinch a slot in the national spelling bee.

She may have wowed the crowd with words like "wayzgoose" and "morocain", but could she spell Twitter's new favorite word?

Vogoti reached this year's final round by correctly spelling the word ptosis (sagging of an organ) during Thursday afternoon's phase of the spelling bee finals, and becomes one of 15 finalists for the last evening round.

Competitors age 6 to 15 emerged from early spelling bees involving more than 11mn youths from all 50 USA states, U.S. territories from Puerto Rico to Guam, and several countries, from Jamaica to Japan. "I had fun", she said.

Ananya's win marks the first time since 2013 that a single victor has won. It was a few rounds later that he stumbled on the word "struldbrug" and placed fourth in the competition.

Despite failing to advance in the competition, her spirits remained high.

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