Sixth-grader wins National Spelling Bee

Cheryl Sanders
June 3, 2017

CNN is so obsessed with Trump's Twitter typo that they asked the recently crowned Scripps National Spelling Bee champion to spell "covfefe" on air with them.

Melodie Loya, 12, of Bainbridge, N.Y., spells her word out in her hand while competing in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017.

She said she felt "amazing" after her victory, adding: "It was just fun to see how far it would go".

This was the 90th National Spelling Bee, an event celebrated on social media, shown on ESPN, and generally, something that serves as a true delight for even the most casual of word nerds. Her mother, Lekshmi Nair, competed in 1988, 1989 and 1990.


The title was hotly contested at the end between Vinay and 14-year-old Rohan Rajeev. No matter who the victor is, a six-year-old Edith Fuller, became the youngest contestant at the Scripps National Spelling Bee who spelt the words "tapas" and "nyctinasty" but failed to win in the finals. She beat her competitor, Rohan Rajeev, and the other previous 291 spellers, by taking it easy.

This year's favorite, Shourav Dasari, an eighth-grader from Texas, surprised the audience.

Here are some other tough words which Ananya Vinay spelt correctly and became the victor this year. It ended in a tie for three consecutive years. The field was narrowed to 40 finalists Wednesday after two oral rounds of spelling, and a written spelling and vocabulary test.

As with any intense competition, the bee was full of rapidly swinging emotions.


The nonexistent definition for the fake word wasn't enough for Vinay, so she pressed on, asking for the word's language of origin and part of speech.

She got "apparentement", or an alliance of French political parties formed during an election. In no time she quickly spelt the word Sceloporus, any of a genus of small iguanid lizards. Then she advanced to the prime-time finals with bodhran, an Irish drum.

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