Sixth-grader wins National Spelling Bee by correctly spelling 'marocain'

The St. Mary's victor advanced through the first three rounds, but missed the finalist mark by 8 points. "There were fewer words I had to study [for round two] and I felt more prepared", Johnson said.

Scripps National Spelling Bee champion Ananya Vinay finally met her match Friday morning when asked to take a shot at spelling "covfefe".

The spelling bee featured 291 students, ages 6-15. Overall, it was definitely an inspirational event - and each of those young spellers should feel good about the work they put into the competition.

Cheirotompholyx, durchkomponiert and tchefuncte were among the words the two spelled correctly during the round.

"I knew how driven she was and determined to get here, and she's obviously shown the mental capacity to pull this off", Loeffler said. Kota, correctly spelled his word. "I went to a lot of museums and stuff". Her second-round word was "florilegium" and she missed her third-round word, "licentious".

Rohan Rajeev, 14, from Edmond, Okla.

They almost needed it, as finalists Ananya Vinay and Rohan Rajeev burned through round after round of words. "So you better hope you get one that you're sure of".

"We would like you to spell a word", Camerota asked Vinay.

Despite the incorrect spelling Camerota praised Vinay for her efforts, with Cuomo chiming in.

Griffin, 56, repeated her claim that the video was a parody, meant as a pointed comeback to Trump's remark last summer that former Fox News Channel personality Megyn Kelly had "blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of wherever". She said she felt fantastic after her victory. Then, her father appears on stage beside her and throws his arms around her in a proud hug while Ananya sobs in happiness. So here goes to Ananya and Rohan, we are immensely proud of you! The lanky Texan had the most swagger of the finalists, at one point spelling the word "Mogollon" as soon as he heard it and turning around to return to his seat. "Language of origin?" - and sometimes she didn't even bother.

Welch survived round three but her mother, Sophie Welch, said her daughter didn't make the finals "but this has been a great experience beyond the words". "I am grateful to Young Educators Foundation for this opportunity".

He said what Griffin did "was inappropriate and not something that should be anywhere in our national discourse".

The stress of competing against the dictionary was etched on many spellers' faces as they took their turn at the microphone and in front of the television cameras.

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