For First Time In 4 Years, Solo Speller Claims National Bee Crown

"C-O-F-E-F-E?" she guessed, while giggling could be heard in the background.

Anna Cockfield, a 13-year-old student at Petoskey Middle School, excelled under the pressure of competing at the Scripps National Spelling Bee this week.

The 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in the United States brought together 291 participants from all over the US and six other countries namely the Bahamas, Canada, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan and South Korea.

A 12-year-old girl has won the most prestigious U.S. spelling bee with a series off incredible words.

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.

Vinay will take home more than $40,000 in cash and prizes.




She expressed her appreciation to all Ghanaians who supported Lily to win, the team at YEF who worked tirelessly to ensure that Lily would make it to the finals and also to all the sponsors who made the participation possible.

The two determined spellers went back and forth for about 45 minutes, peeling off word after word in tense competition of spelling prowess. "I'm so happy right now". Here are some memorable words from Thursday's final rounds of the bee. At one point in the competition, you could see the nerves of her father.

Others hung on by correctly spelling catafalque, outarde and chryselephantine.

Ananya's victory broke the Bee's three-year streak of ending in a tie.

The National Bee is a high-profile, high-pressure endurance test as much as a nerd spelling match and spellers spend months preparing for it.

"I'm pretty nervous", Nikhil Lahiri, 14, of Painted Post, NY, confessed from the stage, just seconds before correctly spelling "outarde", which is a Canadian goose. 11 came from the Bahamas, Canada, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan and South Korea.

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