OXON HILL, Md. (AP) – This year’s winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee was so confident that she wrote her winner’s speech before she even showed up for the competition.
Twelve-year-old Ananya Vinay, who’s from Fresno, California, showed little emotion as she plowed through word after mystifying word in the final rounds. She outclassed her better-known competitors and survived a long duel with 14-year-old Rohan Rajeev to win the 90th Scripps bee on Thursday. She’ll take home more than $40,000 in cash and prizes.
Ananya never looked all that impressed by the words she was given. She rarely took even half her allotted 2 minutes to spell. She says she knew them all.
As for the winner’s speech, Ananya says she wrote it as motivation to study more. She’ll deliver it Friday.