Rani Jaiswal, representing Winston Academy in Winston County, has won the 2010 Mississippi Statewide Spelling Bee. She correctly spelled "tamarind" and "anachronism."
Runner up Dzung Le, representing Northwest Rankin Middle School in Rankin County, lost with "lokshen," a Yiddish word for a type of noodle pudding.
The two students battled till the 59th round.
Twenty-eight spellers participated in the event sponsored by the Mississippi Association of Educators, and hosted live on Mississippi Public Broadcasting.
Jaiswal receives a cash award from the state teacher's association to help pay for expenses to Washington, D.C., in June for the 83rd Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee.