Pennsylvania girl wins Scripps National Spelling Bee


One of the more unusual duties of being CEO of the E.W. Scripps Company is presenting the trophy to the winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Rich Boehne declared Sukanya Roy of South Abington Township, PA the winner Thursday (6/2) live on ESPN.

The 14-year-old correctly spelled cymotrichous, a Greek-derived word meaning “wavy haired,” to win the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday night. Fortunately, Boehme was not required to do any spelling live on national TV.

13 spellers, from an original field of 275, took the stage for the Championship Finals on Thursday night. The primetime broadcast on ESPN lasted 13 rounds.

More than $85,000 in cash and prizes was awarded to the 275 spellers, including a $30,000 cash prize and engraved trophy for the champion, Roy.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is administered on a not-for-profit basis by The E.W. Scripps Company.

Photo by Mark Bowen / Scripps National Spelling Bee