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12-year-old Indian-American girl wins National Spelling Bee: Here are all the winning words since 1925

Ananya Vinay won the National Spelling Bee after several rounds against Rohan Rajeev, another Indian-American student. The two were the last two standing of the initial 291 spellers.

world Updated: Jun 02, 2017 16:09 IST
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Ananya Vinay, 12, with her mother, holds her trophy after being declared the winner of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Ananya Vinay, 12, with her mother, holds her trophy after being declared the winner of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee.(AP Photo)

Twelve-year-old Indian-American girl Ananya Vinay has won the Scripps National Spelling Bee, bagging a $40,000 cash prize after successfully spelling the word “marocain”. She became the 13th consecutive Indian American to win the contest.

She is the 18th of the past 22 winners with Indian heritage. The trend began in 1999 with Nupur Lala’s victory.

Ananya won the competition after several rounds against Rohan Rajeev, another Indian-American student. The two were the last two standing of the initial 291 spellers.

Here are all the winning words from every National Spelling Bee since 1925 (List provided by spellingbee.com)

National Spelling Bee winning words since 1925
Year: Winning word - Name of winner
  • 1925: Gladiolus - Frank Neuhauser
  • 1926: Cerise - Pauline Bell
  • 1927: Luxuriance - Dean Lucas
  • 1928: Albumen - Betty Robinson
  • 1929: Asceticism - Virginia Hogan
  • 1930: Fracas - Helen Jensen
  • 1931: Foulard - Ward Randall
  • 1932: Knack - Dorothy Greenwald
  • 1933: Torsion - Alma Roach
  • 1934: Deteriorating - Sarah Wilson
  • 1935: Intelligible - Clara Mohler
  • 1936: Interning - Jean Trowbridge
  • 1937: Promiscuous - Waneeta Beckley
  • 1938: Sanitarium - Marian Richardson
  • 1939: Canonical - Elizabeth Ann Rice
  • 1940: Therapy - Laurel Kuykendall
  • 1941: Initials - Louis Edward Sissman
  • 1942: Sacrilegious - Richard Earnhart
  • 1946: Semaphore - John McKinney
  • 1947: Chlorophyll - Mattie Lou Pollard
  • 1948: Psychiatry - Jean Chappelear
  • 1949: Dulcimer - Kim Calvin
  • 1950: Meticulosity - Diana Reynard and Colquitt Dean
  • 1951: Insouciant - Irving Belz
  • 1952: Vignette - Doris Ann Hall
  • 1953: Soubrette - Elizabeth Hess
  • 1954: Transept - William Cashore
  • 1955: Crustaceology - Sandra Sloss
  • 1956: Condominium - Melody Sachko
  • 1957: Schappe - Sandra Owen and Dana Bennett
  • 1958: Syllepsis - Jolitta Schlehuber
  • 1959: Catamaran - Joel Montgomery
  • 1960: Eudaemonic - Henry Feldman
  • 1961: Smaragdine - John Capehart
  • 1962: Esquamulose - Nettie Crawford and Michael Day
  • 1963: Equipage - Glen Van Slyke III
  • 1964: Sycophant - William Kerek
  • 1965: Eczema - Michael Kerpan Jr.
  • 1966: Ratoon - Robert A Wake
  • 1967: Chihuahua - Jennifer Reinke
  • 1968: Abalone - Robert L Walters
  • 1969: Interlocutory - Susan Yoachum
  • 1970: Croissant - Libby Childress
  • 1971: Shalloon - Jonathan Knisely
  • 1972: Macerate - Robin Kral
  • 1973: Vouchsafe - Barrie Trinkle
  • 1974: Hydrophyte - Julie Ann Junkin
  • 1975: Incisor - Hugh Tosteson
  • 1976: Narcolepsy - Tim Kneale
  • 1977: Cambist - John Paola
  • 1978: Deification - Peg McCarthy
  • 1979: Maculature - Katie Kerwin
  • 1980: Elucubrate - Jacques Bailly
  • 1981: Sarcophagus - Paige Pipkin
  • 1982: Psoriasis - Molly Dieveney
  • 1983: Purim - Blake Giddens
  • 1984: Luge - Daniel Greenblatt
  • 1985: Milieu - Balu Natarajan
  • 1986: Odontalgia - Jon Pennington
  • 1987: Staphylococci - Stephanie Petit
  • 1988: Elegiacal - Rageshree Ramachandran
  • 1989: Spoliator - Scott Isaacs
  • 1990: Fibranne - Amy Marie Dimak
  • 1991: Antipyretic - Joanne Lagatta
  • 1992: Lyceum - Amanda Goad
  • 1993: Kamikaze - Geoff Hooper
  • 1994: Antediluvian - Ned G Andrews
  • 1995: Xanthosis - Justin Tyler Carroll
  • 1996: Vivisepulture - Wendy Guey
  • 1997: Euonym - Rebecca Sealfon
  • 1998: Chiaroscurist - Jody-Anne Maxwell
  • 1999: Logorrhea - Nupur Lala
  • 2000: Demarche - George Abraham Thampy
  • 2001: Succedaneum - Sean Conley
  • 2002: Prospicience - Pratyush Buddiga
  • 2003: Pococurante - Sai R Gunturi
  • 2004: Autochthonous - David Tidmarsh
  • 2005: Appoggiatura - Anurag Kashyap
  • 2006: Ursprache - Kerry Close
  • 2007: Serrefine - Evan M O’Dorney
  • 2008: Guerdon - Sameer Mishra
  • 2009: Laodicean - Kavya Shivashankar
  • 2010: Stromuhr - Anamika Veeramani
  • 2011: Cymotrichous - Sukanya Roy
  • 2012: Guetapens - Snigdha Nandipati
  • 2013: Knaidel - Arvind Mahankali
  • 2014: Feuilleton stichomythia - Ansun Sujoe
  • 2015: Scherenschnitte nunatak - Vanya Shivashankar Gokul Venkatachalam
  • 2016: Feldenkrais gesellschaft - Jairam Hathwar Nihar Janga
  • 2017: Marocain - Ananya Vinay