There’s a new Scripps National Spelling Bee champion and her name is Ananya Vinay of Fresno, California. She’s 12 years old and spelled the word “marocain” to win the championship title. Marocain is pronounced mar-uh-keyn and is a kind of thin fabric used in women’s clothing. When asked what she did to prepare for the competition, she just said that she studied for a few hours every day and wrote a victory speech to motivate herself. Way to go, Ananya!
How did 6-year old Edith Fuller, the youngest person to ever compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, do? She spelled all of her words correctly, including “nyctinasty,” but ultimately didn’t move onto the finals after the written portion of the competition. When asked by a reporter if she’ll be coming back next year, she said, “I do if I don’t win this time.” It looks like it won’t be the last time we see Edith Fuller at the Scripps National Spelling Bee!