Because we all love the Spelling Bee!



NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Ananya Vinay, a 12-year-old speller from Fresno, California, is the champion of the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee, presented by Kindle.

Vinay earned the title in round 36 when she correctly spelled “marocain,” which is defined as “a dress fabric that is made with a warp of silk or rayon and a filling of other yarns and is similar to but heavier than canton crepe.”

This was Vinay’s second time participating in the National Finals. She tied for 172nd place in 2016.

Rich Boehne, chairman, president and CEO of The E.W. Scripps Company, awarded Vinay the engraved championship trophy moments before ESPN signed off from its national broadcast of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee.

“Ananya proved her depth of knowledge of root words and word origins to master round after round of some of the most challenging words in the English language,” said Boehne. “The entire week was an impressive showcase of talented students who have dedicated so much time and effort to this skill. They exude commitment and true grit. Scripps takes great pride in serving as steward of the nation’s largest and longest-running educational event.”

Vinay represents sponsor The Fresno Bee and is in 6th grade at Fugman Elementary School in Fresno, California.

The competition began Tuesday with 291 spellers who advanced to the Scripps National Spelling Bee after beating the odds to reach this level. They are among the top 0.000026 percent of more than 11 million students who participated in spelling bees held in classrooms, schools and locally sponsored events around the country.

Bee Week took place in the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor. Round-by-round results are available at

The champion receives:
From Scripps: a $40,000 cash prize and the Scripps National Spelling Bee engraved trophy.

From Kindle: a Kindle e-reader.
From Merriam-Webster: a $2,500 U.S. savings bond and a complete reference library. From Encyclopædia Britannica: $400 of reference works including a 1768 Encyclopædia Britannica Replica Set Deluxe Edition and a three-year membership to Britannica Online Premium.

As the Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion, Vinay will begin first thing Friday a media tour with numerous national networks, entertainment programs and digital platforms including “Good Morning America,” “Today Show,” Wall Street Journal, “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” CNN and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” She also will visit Wall Street to be a guest of the New York Stock Exchange to ring the opening bell next week.

Rohan Rajeev of Edmond, Oklahoma, representing The Oklahoman in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, placed second in the competition and will receive $30,000. Mira Dedhia of Western Springs, Illinois, representing Commonwealth Edison in Chicago, Illinois, placed third in the competition and will receive $20,000.

Some of the tricky words she encountered earlier appear in this compilation.