Pennsylvania girl aces 'cymotrichous' to win Spelling Bee

Thursday, June 2, 2011 | 10:39 p.m. CDT
Sukanya Roy, 14, of South Abington Township, Pa., holds the trophy after winning the National Spelling Bee, in Oxon Hill, Md., on Thursday. She won by spelling the word cymotrichous, which means wavy hair.

OXON HILL, Md. — Fourteen-year-old Sukanya Roy of South Abington Township, Pa., has won the 84th Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Sukanya took the title with the winning word cymotrichous, which means wavy hair.

Sukanya gets more than $40,000 in cash and prizes.

Twelve-year-old Laura Newcombe of Toronto finished second. She was trying to become the first Canadian to win the bee.

Sukanya becomes the fourth consecutive Indian-American to win the bee and the ninth in the last 13 years. The nationally televised bee lasted more than three hours.


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