A Scranton-area teen rode a hot streak and some great knowledge to spelling glory.
Fourteen-year-old Sukanya Roy of South Abington Township, Pa., has won the 84th Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Sukanya took the title with the winning word cymotrichous, which means wavy hair.
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Sukanya gets more than $40,000 in cash and prizes.
She likes hiking, rock climbing and ice skating and wants to pursue a career in international relations. She is the fourth consecutive Indian-American to win the bee and the ninth in the
last 13 years, a run that began when Nupur Lala captured the crown in 1999 and was later featured in the documentary Spellbound.
A three-time competitor at the bee, Sukanya tied for 12th in 2009 and 20th in 2010.
"I went through the dictionary once or twice," she said, "and I guess some of the words really stuck."
Twelve-year-old Laura Newcombe of Toronto finished second. She was trying to become the first Canadian to win the bee.
The nationally televised bee lasted more than three hours.