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

So this year, the bee added a tiebreaker, hoping to finally break the horrifying pattern of neither finalist going home broken-hearted.

Ghana's representative at the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition, Lilly Tugbah, says she will not allow her inability to secure the topmost award dampen her spirit but will rather focus on the positive experience she garnered from the competition.

The final two spellers Rohan Rajeev, 14, from Edmond, Okla., and Ananya Vinay, 12, from Fresno, Calif., right, applaud during the finals of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. Her win came after runner-up Rohan Rajeev misspelled the word "marram", and she was able to spell "gifblaar" and "marocain" correctly.

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At the National Spelling Bee, kids come from all over the country to spell words that find their roots all over the world. Ananya correctly spelled the word "marocain" to win the annual event.

Of course, a competition like Scripps, which attracts only the best and brightest of the nation's spelling wizards, is known for expanding our vocabularies with new words each year. Mira Dedhia was attempting to become the first offspring of a former competitor to win, while Shourav Dasari was widely recognized as a favourite to win, after winning both "minor-league" bees before the competition. The pair were the last two standing of the initial 291 spellers.

Despite failing to advance in the competition, her spirits remained high.

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

The rivals had correctly spelled words including cheiropompholyx, durchkomponiert and tchefuncte as each waited for the other to slip up. But she went out on "klydonograph", a device that records a surge in electrical voltage on a sulphur-dusted photographic film, according to Wikipedia - in case you didn't know.

But it was the word "klydonograph" (an instrument that makes a photographic record of electric surges in power lines) that got her eliminated.

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