Sukanya Roy Wins Scripps National Spelling Bee
Sukanya Roy, 14, took home the trophy and the more than $40,000 in cash and prizes at the 84th Scripps National Spelling Bee after 21 consecutive spellings without a miss. Roy of South Abington Township, Pennsylvania had previously tied for 12th in 2009 and 20th in 2010 won on the word “cymotrichous,” which relates to wavy hair.
She is the fourth consecutive Indian-American to win the bee and the ninth in the last 13 years, a run that began when Nupur Lala captured the crown in 1999 and was later featured in the documentary Spellbound.
Laura Newcombe of Toronto was the runner-up. The 12-year-old was trying to become the first Canadian to win the bee, but she went out on the word “sorties.”
This was the events sixth consecutive year to be broadcast in prime time.