Ananya Vinay – the country’s best speller after winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee on June 1 – appeared on “Live! With Kelly and Ryan” Wednesday morning to give the hosts a taste of her competition.
The 12-year-old from Fresno showed up in her yellow 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee champion T-shirt and was immediately asked how she managed to become the national champ.
“I worked and prepared more, by typing, seeing, hearing and feeling the word,” she said.
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Ananya’s explanation prompted host Kelly Ripa’s to inquire: “You can feel the word?”
The Fugman Elementary School sixth-grader later competed with Ripa and Ryan Seacrest in a spelling challenge. Ananya correctly spelled words like “borborygmus.”
The final score was Ananya 2, Kelly and Ryan 1. The hosts presented Ananya with a trophy. (As if Ananya already wasn’t used to that.)
Ananya still has a few trips to make before returning to Fresno. She was invited to ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday before a scheduled flight back to Fresno on Thursday night so she can make it to her last day of school Friday. Then, later that afternoon, she will be a guest on “The Jimmy Kimmel Show” taped for airing Friday night.