Ananya Vinay, center, with her championship trophy at the California State Elementary Spelling Bee in Stockton on Saturday, April 23, 2016. Ananya, a fifth-grader at Fugman Elementary School in Clovis, was the defending champion.
Ananya Vinay, center, with her championship trophy at the California State Elementary Spelling Bee in Stockton on Saturday, April 23, 2016. Ananya, a fifth-grader at Fugman Elementary School in Clovis, was the defending champion. ULMERPHOTO Courtesy of San Joaquin County Office of Education
Ananya Vinay, center, with her championship trophy at the California State Elementary Spelling Bee in Stockton on Saturday, April 23, 2016. Ananya, a fifth-grader at Fugman Elementary School in Clovis, was the defending champion. ULMERPHOTO Courtesy of San Joaquin County Office of Education

Fresno County spelling bee champ wins state competition

April 24, 2016 04:17 PM

UPDATED April 25, 2016 11:30 AM

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