Ohio teen Anamika Veeramani won the Scripps National Spelling Bee Friday night with the word stromuhr, an instrument for measuring the flow of viscous substances.
"I'm really, really happy. This is one of the best moments of my life," the 14-year-old said after the annual spell-off.
Anamika, of North Royalton, tied for fifth place last year. Her victory makes Ohio the state to produce the most spelling bee winners with 9.
The 83rd Scripps National Spelling Bee began Thursday with 273 spellers ranging in age from 8 to 15.
Friday's final rounds began with 10 contestants, who were eliminated one by one by words such as ochidore,Ā a shore crab, and terribilita,Ā a term applied typically to the art of Michelangelo describing the power and grandeur of his work.