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Ananya Vinay wins Scripps Spelling Bee

Ananya Vinay of Fresno, California celebrates after winning the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Vinay took home a $40,000 cash prize after 12 hours of picking her way along a precarious lifeline of consonants and vowels, correctly spelling the word marocain, a dress fabric made of warp of silk or rayon and a filling of other yarns, to win the spelling bee.

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Ananya Vinay of Fresno, California celebrates after winning the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Vinay took home a $40,000 cash prize after 12 hours of picking her way along a precarious lifeline of...more

Ananya Vinay of Fresno, California celebrates after winning the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Vinay took home a $40,000 cash prize after 12 hours of picking her way along a precarious lifeline of consonants and vowels, correctly spelling the word marocain, a dress fabric made of warp of silk or rayon and a filling of other yarns, to win the spelling bee. REUTERS/Aaron Bernstein
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Ananya Vinay celebrates with family after winning the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee. 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.

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Ananya Vinay celebrates with family after winning the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee. 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...more

Ananya Vinay celebrates with family after winning the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee. 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. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
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Ananya Vinay celebrates after winning. Vinay plans to split the money with her 7-year-old brother and put it into her college account. "She had a deep passion for reading. The biggest thing that she wants to do is sit and read," her father Vinay Sreekumar said.

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Ananya Vinay celebrates after winning. Vinay plans to split the money with her 7-year-old brother and put it into her college account. "She had a deep passion for reading. The biggest thing that she wants to do is sit and read," her father Vinay...more

Ananya Vinay celebrates after winning. Vinay plans to split the money with her 7-year-old brother and put it into her college account. "She had a deep passion for reading. The biggest thing that she wants to do is sit and read," her father Vinay Sreekumar said. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
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Finalists Mira Dedhia, Rohan Rajeev and Ananya Vinay wait their turns to spell. The two determined spellers went back and forth for about 45 minutes, peeling off word after word in tense competition of spelling prowess. Cheirotompholyx, durchkomponiert and tchefuncte were among the words the two spelled correctly during the round. In the end, Rajeev misspelled the word marram before Vinay spelled two words correctly to win the bee.

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Finalists Mira Dedhia, Rohan Rajeev and Ananya Vinay wait their turns to spell. The two determined spellers went back and forth for about 45 minutes, peeling off word after word in tense competition of spelling prowess. Cheirotompholyx,...more

Finalists Mira Dedhia, Rohan Rajeev and Ananya Vinay wait their turns to spell. The two determined spellers went back and forth for about 45 minutes, peeling off word after word in tense competition of spelling prowess. Cheirotompholyx, durchkomponiert and tchefuncte were among the words the two spelled correctly during the round. In the end, Rajeev misspelled the word marram before Vinay spelled two words correctly to win the bee. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
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Rohan Sachdev of Cary, North Carolina reacts after misspelling a word. Competitors age 6 to 15 emerged from early spelling bees involving more than 11 million youths from all 50 U.S. states, U.S. territories from Puerto Rico to Guam, and several countries, from Jamaica to Japan.

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Rohan Sachdev of Cary, North Carolina reacts after misspelling a word. Competitors age 6 to 15 emerged from early spelling bees involving more than 11 million youths from all 50 U.S. states, U.S. territories from Puerto Rico to Guam, and several...more

Rohan Sachdev of Cary, North Carolina reacts after misspelling a word. Competitors age 6 to 15 emerged from early spelling bees involving more than 11 million youths from all 50 U.S. states, U.S. territories from Puerto Rico to Guam, and several countries, from Jamaica to Japan. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
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Isabelle Stetka, 14, of Barto, Pennsylvania, spells a word. In earlier rounds, some spellers tripped over words including Corriedale, toreutics, cleidoic and panettone, weeding down the field headed for the finish of the 90th national Bee. Others hung on by correctly spelling catafalque, outarde and chryselephantine.

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Isabelle Stetka, 14, of Barto, Pennsylvania, spells a word. In earlier rounds, some spellers tripped over words including Corriedale, toreutics, cleidoic and panettone, weeding down the field headed for the finish of the 90th national Bee. Others...more

Isabelle Stetka, 14, of Barto, Pennsylvania, spells a word. In earlier rounds, some spellers tripped over words including Corriedale, toreutics, cleidoic and panettone, weeding down the field headed for the finish of the 90th national Bee. Others hung on by correctly spelling catafalque, outarde and chryselephantine. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Alex Iyer of San Antonio, Texas reacts after misspelling a word. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Alex Iyer of San Antonio, Texas reacts after misspelling a word. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Alex Iyer of San Antonio, Texas reacts after misspelling a word. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
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The youngest-ever competitor, Edith Fuller of Tulsa, Oklahoma, who turned 6 on April 22, was eliminated from the competition late on Wednesday.

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The youngest-ever competitor, Edith Fuller of Tulsa, Oklahoma, who turned 6 on April 22, was eliminated from the competition late on Wednesday. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

The youngest-ever competitor, Edith Fuller of Tulsa, Oklahoma, who turned 6 on April 22, was eliminated from the competition late on Wednesday. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Will Lourcey, 14, of Fort Worth, Texas, contemplates a word. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Will Lourcey, 14, of Fort Worth, Texas, contemplates a word. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Will Lourcey, 14, of Fort Worth, Texas, contemplates a word. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Erin Welch, 14, of Princess Anne, Maryland. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Erin Welch, 14, of Princess Anne, Maryland. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Erin Welch, 14, of Princess Anne, Maryland. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Sheridan Hennessy, 11, of Cincinnati, Ohio. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Sheridan Hennessy, 11, of Cincinnati, Ohio. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Sheridan Hennessy, 11, of Cincinnati, Ohio. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Contestants wait their turn. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Contestants wait their turn. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Contestants wait their turn. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Julian Connaughton, 14, of Shohola, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Julian Connaughton, 14, of Shohola, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Julian Connaughton, 14, of Shohola, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Contestants wait their turn. 

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Contestants wait their turn. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Contestants wait their turn. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Daniel Larsen, 13, of Bloomington, Indiana. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Daniel Larsen, 13, of Bloomington, Indiana. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Daniel Larsen, 13, of Bloomington, Indiana. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Seated contestants watch.

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Seated contestants watch. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Seated contestants watch. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Torah Smith, 12 of Fitchburg, Massachusetts. 

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Torah Smith, 12 of Fitchburg, Massachusetts. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Torah Smith, 12 of Fitchburg, Massachusetts. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Connor Lawrence, 14, of Keedysville, Maryland. 

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Connor Lawrence, 14, of Keedysville, Maryland. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Connor Lawrence, 14, of Keedysville, Maryland. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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A combination picture shows Avril Regis, 14, of Pago Pago, American Samoa, watching competitors. 



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A combination picture shows Avril Regis, 14, of Pago Pago, American Samoa, watching competitors. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

A combination picture shows Avril Regis, 14, of Pago Pago, American Samoa, watching competitors. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Jack Miller, 13, of Abilene, Texas, competes. 


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Jack Miller, 13, of Abilene, Texas, competes. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Jack Miller, 13, of Abilene, Texas, competes. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Amelia Ballingall, 13, of Manchester, New Hampshire. 

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Amelia Ballingall, 13, of Manchester, New Hampshire. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Amelia Ballingall, 13, of Manchester, New Hampshire. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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