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National Spelling Bee gets down to final 4

National Spelling Bee gets down to final 4

After consoling her fellow competitor and lifting her trophy, she flashed a toothy grin to the audience. Vinay will also receive a Scripps National Spelling Bee engraved trophy, a $2,500 USA savings bond, a trip to New York City to appear on LIVE with Kelly and Ryan, and a complete reference library from Merriam-Webster.

If the bee ended in a tie, the speller with the better score on the written test would have been declared the victor.

The bee added a written tiebreaker test this year, but it didn't come into play. "It's like a dream come true".

For 36 rounds 12-year-old Ananya Vinay seemed unfazed, even unimpressed with the words she had to spell.

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. Ananya after winning the competition said, "I just focussed on the words given to me and tried to get them right".

The two determined spellers went back and forth for about 45 minutes, peeling off word after word in a tense competition of spelling prowess.

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Ananya is the first outright victor in a while.

Ananya was able to outlast 14-year-old Rohan Rajeev, who finished in second place.

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. Her mother, Lekshmi Nair, competed in 1988, 1989 and 1990. Three other former top-10 spellers were eliminated. Shourav Dasari, a past victor of both minor-league bees, was described as the consensus favorite as the ESPN broadcast began. "That's the only good answer we've heard about that word in days".

She finally ventured a guess, which was just barely wrong, at least according to the President's spelling of the non-word.

Naysa Modi, 11, from Monroe, La., waits to spell during the finals of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017.

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