6 ridiculous moments from this year's Spelling Bee, including a mic drop, a prayer and a Tinder reference

Posted June 5

We have a new ultimate spelling champion.

Ananya Vinay of Fresno, California, won the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee after a tense final round that saw her defeat Rohan Rajeev of Oklahoma, according to BBC.

The two finalists went through a "tense" final round, where they spelled words such as “cheiropompholyx, durchkomponiert and tchefuncte” all in a row, BBC reported.

But Rohan misspelled “marram,” which led to Ananya spelling “marocain” to win the match.

"It was just fun to see how far it would go,” Ananya said, according to BBC.

But Ananya’s victory isn’t the only highlight from the Spelling Bee. Here’s a look at a few others.

Shourav Dasari’s mic drop

In round 12, young Shourav Dasari pulled the ultimate confidence move, according to Mashable. He was tasked with spelling the word “mogollon,” which wasn’t a problem for him.

He stepped up to the mic, spelled the word and walked away before it was certified correct.

Boy prays for his older sibling

In a touching moment, contestant Shruthika Padhy’s younger brother prayed for her to succeed in the spelling bee.

Youngest girl to qualify earns a win

Six-year-old Emma Fuller was the youngest ever to qualify for the spelling bee. And she spelled the word “nyctinasty” correctly.

Buzzer-beater finish

Maggie Sheridan from Mansfield, Ohio, did her best to spell the word “whirlicote.” It took until the final second for her to get it — buzzer-beater style.

The Meryl Streep moment

Some of the sample sentences were a little wacky, like this one that includes Meryl Streep’s name.

The Tinder moment

Another sample sentence included a reference to the app Tinder. It sparked a heavy social media reaction.


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