Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

Hair-raising win for spelling champ

Sukanya Roy, 14, won the 84th Scripps US National Spelling Bee (AP)

Fourteen-year-old Sukanya Roy has won the 84th Scripps US National Spelling Bee.

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

Sukanya, from Pennsylvania, claimed more than 40,000 US dollars (£24,470) 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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