Sixth-grader from California wins National Spelling Bee

Ananya Vinay is the Winner of the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee. The 12 year-old 6th-grader from Fresno, California, correctly spelled "marocain" to win the trophy and $40,000 cash prize. (ESPN)
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OXON HILL, Md. (AP) -- Twelve-year-old Ananya Vinay has won the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The sixth-grader from Fresno, California, won by spelling "marocain," a French word for dress fabric made of ribbed crepe. She gets more than $40,000 in cash and prizes.

Runner-up Rohan Rajeev missed the word "marram," a Scandinavian-derived word for beach grass.

Ananya's victory was the first time since 2013 that the bee has declared a single champion. It ended in a tie for three consecutive years.

The bee added a written tiebreaker test this year, but it didn't come into play.



 
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