This Year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee Has A Champion, And We Bet You’ve Never Heard Of The Winning Word

What is "marocain" anyway?

Leave it to the Scripps National Spelling Bee to make you feel super unaccomplished by showing you how amazing kids across the country are at spelling. The 90th annual installment of the academic contest came to an end last night as Ananya Vinay emerged victorious after a grueling final round.

Ananya — a 12-year-old sixth-grader from Fresno, Calif. — went head-to-head against runner-up Rohan Rajeev for many rounds before the 14-year-old eighth-grader tripped up on the word "marram" (a Norse-derived noun for a type of beach grass). Ananya's winning word was "marocain" (a French-derived noun for a heavy dress fabric made from silk or rayon).


"It's like a dream come true, I'm so happy right now," Ananya said, according to USA Today, upon receiving the trophy. "I just focused on my word and tried to spell it right."

Ananya — who is the 13th consecutive kid of Indian descent to win and the first solo winner after three years of ties — wins $40,000 in cash, the coveted trophy, as well as other prizes.

Reaction to the results of competition has been that of astonishment from those of us who perhaps aren't the best spellers. Even the sports world seems to be honoring the intensity of the spelling bee, noting how it was more exciting than Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

And, this morning, CNN decided to troll President Trump by seeing if arguably the best speller in the United States would be able to tackle the word of the week: "covfefe."

Jokes aside, major props to Ananya for taking home bragging rights this year. Now, if you'll excuse us, we're going to bury our noses in a dictionary until the end of time.

Cover image via Today / YouTube

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