June 2, 2017 / 3:52 AM / in 5 months

Ananya Vinay wins the 2017 U.S. Scripps National Spelling Bee

(Reuters) - Ananya Vinay of Fresno, California won the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday, taking home a $40,000 cash prize after 12 hours of picking her way along a precarious lifeline of consonants and vowels.

She correctly spelled the word marocain, a dress fabric made of warp of silk or rayon and a filling of other yarns, to win the 25-word championship round of the spelling bee held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in suburban Washington.

Reporting by Lacey Johnson; Editing by Michael Perry

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