12-year-old spells 'marocain' to win the National Spelling Bee

Twelve-year-old Ananya Vinay has won the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee.
 
The sixth-grader from Fresno, California, won by spelling "marocain," a French word for dress fabric made of ribbed crepe. She gets more than $40,000 in cash and prizes.
 
Runner-up Rohan Rajeev missed the word "marram," a Scandinavian-derived word for beach grass.
 
Ananya's victory was the first time since 2013 that the bee has declared a single champion. It ended in a tie for three consecutive years.
 
The bee added a written tiebreaker test this year, but it didn't come into play.
 

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