By Lacey Johnson 6/2/17
OXON HILL, Md. (Reuters) - Ananya Vinay of Fresno, California won the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday, taking home a $40,000 cash prize after 12 hours of picking her way along a precarious lifeline of consonants and vowels.
Vinay, 12, correctly spelled the word marocain, a dress fabric made of warp of silk or rayon and a filling of other yarns, to win the spelling bee held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in suburban Washington.
She said she felt “amazing” after defeating Rohan Rajeev, 14, of Edmond Oklahoma during the stirring 25-word championship round.
“It was just fun to see how far it would go,” Vinay said.