Sukanya Roy wins 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee

14-Year-old wins with final word 'cymotrichous'

Published On: Jun 02 2011 10:02:13 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 03 2011 01:02:13 AM CDT

Sukanya Roy, 14, of South Abington Township, Pa., outspelled 274 other contestants to win the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., Thursday.

Roy won by spelling her final word "cymotrichous."

Earlier in the evening, 13 spellers from a group of 275 made the championship rounds of the National Spelling Bee.

The competition kicked off preliminary rounds Wednesday, with spellers from 50 U.S. states, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Department of Defense Schools overseas, as well as spellers from the Bahamas, Canada, China, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea.

The semifinals were held Thursday afternoon, reducing the field from 41 to 13.

According to the competition's website, this year's spellers ranged in age from 8 to 15 years old, but 82 percent were between the ages of 12 and 14 years old.

This year's group of competitors was comprised of 50.2 percent boys and 49.8 percent girls, according to the site.

The championship finalists were:

14-year-old Sukanya Roy, of South Abington Township, Pa.
14-year-old Lily Jordan, of Cape Elizabeth, Maine
14-year-old Joanna Ye, of Carlisle, Pa.
14-year-old Mashad Arora, of Brownsville, Texas
14-year-old Dakota Jones, of Las Vegas
13-year-old Veronica Penny, of Rockland, Ontario, Canada
13-year-old Prakash Mishra, of Waxhaw, N.C.
13-year-old Samuel Estep, of Berryville, Va.
13-year-old Nabeel Rahman, of Buffalo, N.Y.
12-year-old Laura Newcombe, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
11-year-old Sriram Hathwar, of Painted Post, N.Y.
11-year-old Arvind Mahankali, of Forest Hills, N.Y.
10-year-old Dhivya Senthil Murugan, of Denver