A sixth grader from California is this year’s spelling champion at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Ananya Vinay [[ ah-NAHN-yah vin-ay ]] spelled “marocain” [[mair-oh-CANE]] correctly for the win.
And by the way? That’s a French word for a type of dress fabric made from silk or rayon. The 12-year-old earned the trophy after 8th grader Rohan Rajeev of Oklahoma misspelled the word “marram” [[MAIR-rum]].
For her efforts, Ananya is taking home a 40-thousand-dollar grand prize. Adding to the excitement, Ananya’s win is the first time a single winner has been declared since 2013. The past three years have ended in ties. A tiebreaker test was added this year, but it didn’t need to be used.
Source: SB Nation