National Spelling Bee winner nails difficult Louisiana word

Louisiana has many unusual names and words that can be difficult to spell.

Louisiana has many unusual names and words that can be difficult to spell. 

One such word, Tchefuncte, made its way to the final round of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Both of the final two contestants spelled the word correctly, including the winner, 12-year-old Ananya Vinay of California, who went on to win by correctly spelling “marocain,” which is a dress fabric made from silk or rayon. 

MORE | Spelling bee: Ananya Vinay of Fresno, Calif., declared national champ

The second-place finisher was Rohan Rajeev of Edmond, Okla., who also spelled Tchefuncte, a river that drains into Lake Pontchartrain, without any trouble. 

Watch | Ananya Vinay correctly spells Tchefuncte

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