Ananya Vinay

AnanyaAnanya Vinay is such an extraordinarily immense talent, that the State of California in the United States of America recognised her wonderful achievement and has declared June 8, 2017 as Ananya Vinay Day in the State of California.

Ananya Vinay is an outstanding speller who became the first sole champion of the Scripps National Spelling Bee since 2013. Ananya Vinay who is just 12 years old is the youngest Californian and only the 13th Indian American to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee. She is also the second of Malayali origin and one of the youngest winners in the 90 year history of Scripps National spelling bee. She has also displayed her commitment to the community by dedicating her efforts to coaching spelling, reading and writing in the city of Fresno. She has also volunteered and has helped raise funds for the Community Food Bank and the Wounded Warriors Project. Ananya’s unrivalled dedication to her studies speaks volumes about her character and her enthusiasm for learning. She has created an extraordinary sense of hope for young women around the world who strive to attain similar honours. It is fitting that Ananya’s favourite word is spizzerinctum which means ambition to succeed and she maintains that this word has served as a great motivator in her life.

Ananya’s father Vinay Sreekumar hailing from Trivandrum, after completing his studies in the IIT Kharagpurand IIM Ahmedabad moved to the USA and is currently Vice President in a company based in California. Her mother Anupama Poliyedath is a medical doctor working as an Academic Physician in California.