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The Latest: Sixth-grader wins National Spelling Bee

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Shourav Dasari, 14, from Spring, Texas, pauses before spelling his word during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) © The Associated Press Shourav Dasari, 14, from Spring, Texas, pauses before spelling his word during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The Latest on the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee (all times local):

Erin Howard, 12, from Huntsville, Ala., front row left, and Rohan Sachdev, 14, from Cary, N.C., front row right, and others, react when it is announced they will be in evening finals session of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) © The Associated Press Erin Howard, 12, from Huntsville, Ala., front row left, and Rohan Sachdev, 14, from Cary, N.C., front row right, and others, react when it is announced they will be in evening finals session of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

11:30 p.m.

Alice Liu, 10, from Chesterfield, Mo., smiles before spelling her word during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) © The Associated Press Alice Liu, 10, from Chesterfield, Mo., smiles before spelling her word during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Twelve-year-old Ananya Vinay has won the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Saketh Sundar, 11, of Elkridge, Md., jumps up in the air after spelling his word correctly during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) © The Associated Press Saketh Sundar, 11, of Elkridge, Md., jumps up in the air after spelling his word correctly during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The sixth-grader from Fresno, California, won by spelling "marocain," a French word for dress fabric made of ribbed crepe. She gets more than $40,000 in cash and prizes.

Alex Iyer, 14, from San Antonio, Texas, reacts after spelling his word correctly during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) © The Associated Press Alex Iyer, 14, from San Antonio, Texas, reacts after spelling his word correctly during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Runner-up Rohan Rajeev missed the word "marram," a Scandinavian-derived word for beach grass.

Rohan Sachdev, 14, from Cary, N.C., ponders before spelling his word during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) © The Associated Press Rohan Sachdev, 14, from Cary, N.C., ponders before spelling his word during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Ananya's victory was the first time since 2013 that the bee has declared a single champion. It ended in a tie for three consecutive years.

Erin Howard, 12, from Huntsville, Ala., reacts after spelling her word correctly during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) © The Associated Press Erin Howard, 12, from Huntsville, Ala., reacts after spelling her word correctly during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The bee added a written tiebreaker test this year, but it didn't come into play.

Sohum Sukhatankar, 11, of Allen, Texas, right, takes a moment during a break in competition at the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. At left is Rohan Sachdev, 14, from Cary, North Carolina. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) © The Associated Press Sohum Sukhatankar, 11, of Allen, Texas, right, takes a moment during a break in competition at the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. At left is Rohan Sachdev, 14, from Cary, North Carolina. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Tara Singh, 12, from Louisville, Ky., uses an imaginary keyboard as she spells her word during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) © The Associated Press Tara Singh, 12, from Louisville, Ky., uses an imaginary keyboard as she spells her word during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

10:20 p.m.

Naysa Modi, 11, from Monroe, La., spells her word during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) © The Associated Press Naysa Modi, 11, from Monroe, La., spells her word during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Four spellers remain in the Scripps National Spelling Bee nearly two hours after the primetime finals began.

Veteran speller Tejas Muthusamy of Glen Allen, Virginia, made his third top-10 finish but missed his word with five spellers left.

At stake is a trophy and more than $40,000 in cash and prizes. After three consecutive years of ties, the bee is trying to identify a sole champion this year by adding a tiebreaker test.

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3 p.m.

Fifteen spellers have advanced to the primetime finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, where they'll test their knowledge of Webster's Unabridged dictionary.

Scripps usually takes about 10 spellers to the final rounds, but the competition was paused with 15 kids left after more than four grueling hours on stage Thursday.

At stake is a trophy and more than $40,000 in cash and prizes. After three consecutive years of ties, the bee is trying to identify a sole champion this year by adding a tiebreaker test.

Among the finalists is Tejas Muthusamy of Glen Allen, Virginia, who had two previous top-10 finishes. Three other former top-10 spellers were eliminated.

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