Acting Governor Newsom Issues Proclamation Declaring Ananya Vinay Day


SACRAMENTO – Acting Governor Gavin Newsom today issued a proclamation declaring June 8, 2017 “Ananya Vinay Day” in the State of California.

The text of today’s proclamation is below:


Ananya Vinay Da
June 8, 2017

WHEREAS Ananya Vinay is an outstanding speller who became the first sole champion of the Scripps National Spelling Bee since 2013; and

WHEREAS at 12 years old, Ananya is the youngest Californian to earn this coveted distinction; and

WHEREAS she is the 13th consecutive Indian American to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee; and

WHEREAS she outperformed a field of 290 exceptional spellers; and

WHEREAS she is dedicated to coaching spelling, reading and writing in the city of Fresno, reflecting her tremendous commitment to the community; and

WHERAS Ananya has shown great maturity and remarkable poise in her efforts to become a world-class scholar; and

WHEREAS Ananya’s unrivaled dedication to her studies speaks volumes about her character and enthusiasm for learning; and

WHEREAS it is fitting that Ananya’s favorite word is spizzerinctum, which means ambition to succeed; and

WHEREAS Ananya maintains that this word has served as a great motivator in her life; and

WHEREAS she has created an extraordinary sense of hope for young women around the world who strive to attain similar honors; and

WHEREAS her unmatched determination has been recognized at local and international levels; and

WHEREAS her elite performance is a testament to her ability to maintain composure in the most stressful of situations; and

WHEREAS Ananya was sponsored by her local newspaper, The Fresno Bee, an organization that has long been dedicated to promoting academic excellence in the central valley.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GAVIN NEWSOM, Acting Governor of the State of California, hereby recognize Ananya Vinay for her wonderful achievement of winning the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee and urge all Californians to join me in recognizing June 8, 2017 as Ananya Vinay Day.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 8th day of June 2017.

Acting Governor of California


Secretary of State