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National Spelling Bee winner clinches title with 'marocain'

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This is the USA version.

(CNN)Ananya Vinay showed little emotion until she finally let a smile slip and lifted the Scripps National Spelling Bee trophy.

The 12-year-old from Fresno, California, won the spelling competition Thursday night after numerous rounds against Rohan Rajeev. They were the last two standing of the initial 291 spellers.

"I just focused on my word and tried to spell it right," she said.

The winning word was "marocain," a dress fabric that is made of ribbed silk or rayon and a filling of other yarns.

After she was proclaimed the champion, she rocked side-to-side, barely smiling until her dad rushed to hug her. As the rest of her family joined her, the new champ finally let her happiness show.

"It's a like a dream come true. I am so happy right now," she said.

#Speller264 Ananya Vinay is the 2017 Scripps National Bee Champion. The 12-year-old spelled "marocain" correctly to win. #spellingbee pic.twitter.com/tZ76dLE4k5
— NationalSpellingBee (@ScrippsBee) June 2, 2017

Ananya was crowned the winner of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee held in Oxon Mill, Maryland, a suburb of the nation's capital. She spelled 35 words correctly.

She is taking home a $40,000 grand prize and plenty of bragging rights.

The final day of the Bee began at 10am EDT on June 1, 2017, with the 40 finalists remaining, and was broadcast on ESPN2. After an afternoon break, the final spellers competed in the evening.
After Round 4 (the first round of day 3), 6 more spellers were eliminated, leaving 34 competitors.[SUP][12][/SUP] Twelve-spellers were eliminated in Round 5, leaving 22 (11 boys and 11 girls).[SUP][13][/SUP] Seventeen spellers survived Round 6. After two more spellers dropped in Round 7, the final 15 advanced to the evening finals.
The fifteen finalists were:

  • Rohan Sachdev (Speller 27) - Cary, North Carolina
  • Erin Howard (36) - Huntsville, Alabama
  • Mira Dedhia (75) - Western Springs, Illinois
  • Shrinidhi Gopal (114) - San Ramon, California
  • Tejas Muthusamy (143) - Glen Allen, Virginia
  • Sreeniketh Vogoti (167) - Saint Johns, Florida
  • Saketh Sundar (187) - Elkridge, Maryland
  • Alice Liu (191) - St. Louis, Missouri
  • Raksheet Kota (200) - Katy, Texas
  • Naysa Modi (210) - Monroe, Louisiana
  • Rohan Rajeev (235) - Edmond, Oklahoma
  • Shourav Dasari (254) - Spring, Texas
  • Alex Iyer (259) - San Antonio, Texas
  • Ananya Vinay (264) - Fresno, California
  • Shruthika Padhy (278) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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