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Local Girl Wins Scripps National Spelling Bee

Sukanya Roy of South Abington Township, PA spelled the word "cymotrichous" to win the 84th annual Scripps Spelling Bee. She will take home over $40,000 in cash and prizes. The fourteen year old Roy is the ninth winner in the past thirteen years of Indian American descent to take home the title. She's also the first speller from Northeastern PA to win the title. She out-spelled 275 other contestants with 20 words over the three hour event.


This was the third straight time she has qualified for the National Spelling Bee.

"Cymotrichous" means "wavy hair." Obviously no one would ever use that word to describe a person with wavy hair. It's considered mostly a medical term.


It may not be a sport, but it's on ESPN, so our SBNation Philly sports hero of the week has to go to Sukanya Roy. Let's let hers be the first of many titles to come to our area over the next year.