Indian American Won American Spelling Bee

Ananya Vinay, 12-year-old from Fresno, California, became the 13th consecutive Indian-American to have won the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee Competition.

She beat Rohan Rajeev, another Indian American who gave her a tough fight till he couldn’t spell marram, meaning a type of beach grass, with Scandinavian origin.

Ananya seized the opportunity when her steely opponent, Rohan Rajeev, flubbed a simple-looking but obscure Scandinavian-derived word, “marram,” which means a beach grass.

She calmly nailed two words in a row, ending on “marocain,” which means a type of dress fabric of ribbed crepe.