Spelling Bee 2011 Winner

Spelling Bee 2011 Winner. The 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee winner was Sukanya Roy of South Abington Township, Pa., who took home the trophy and the more than $40,000 in cash and prizes. Roy won after spelling the word cymotrichous, which which relates to wavy hair.

"I went through the dictionary once or twice," she said, "and I guess some of the words really stuck."

Laura Newcombe, 12, of Toronto finished second. She was trying to be the first Canadian to win the bee, but she went out on the word "sorites."

The 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee Finals took place on June 2, 2011. The competition started with 275 spellers, who were whittled down to 41 semi-finalists and then down to two final spellers.

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