12-year-old wins her third State Spelling Bee

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Dipsomaniac was the winning word for a 12-year-old girl from Central California who won the State Spelling Bee for the third year in a row.

Ananya Vinay, who attends Fugman Elementary in Clovis, told the Fresno Bee she's no longer as nervous on stage as she used to be because she's improved so much over the years.

Vinay clinched the victory Saturday at the competition in Stockton.

She'll compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which begins on May 31. That also won't be her first rodeo.

Vinay competed against almost 300 spellers, most of them older than her, in last year's national championship.

For the record, Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the noun dipsomania as "an uncontrollable craving for alcoholic liquors."

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