Summerlin girl narrowly misses cut for national spelling bee finals

Posted June 03, 2017

Faith Baca of Aurora, an eighth-grader at the Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning, successfully spelled "sempiternal", which means eternal and unchanging.

Six-year-old media sensation Edith Fuller of Tulsa, Oklahoma, the youngest-ever competitor in the Scripps Spelling Bee, made it through Wednesday's competition, correctly spelling "nyctinasty" and "tapas".

Advice that has worked well for the returning speller as she continued on the path to national spelling bee champion.

Tarsier was among a list of 400 study words sent to all spellers advancing to the national finals. "And I got to be the only person from Hawaii here representing".

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Grace Jones was one of the first to spell Wednesday.

"She does all the work in her mind", said Annie Fuller, who home-schools her daughter.

Local speller Xuan Tran's journey to the National Spelling Bee came to an end Wednesday night after she did not qualify for today's final round. "I'm still a little bit upset that I didn't go farther but I'm mostly over that now", said Kumar in an interview just moments after stepping off the stage. Spelling will begin at 10 a.m.

The 90th Bee, conducted at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center near Washington, D.C., features spellers ages 6 to 15 from across the country and world.

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VanWynsberghe's first word was "regurgitant" which is defined as characterized by, allowing or being a backward flow.

Iyer, 14, and 14 other finalists will be on stage in the ESPN national telecast, starting at 7:30 p.m.

But after judges added up scores from the oral competition and a written spelling and vocabulary test, Lahiri and Loya were the only Upstate New York champs to advance to the national finals on Thursday. For more information on eligibility, visit the website.

The first place victor will get $40,000 cash prize and $2,500 United States savings bond; and the second and third winners will get $30,000 and $20,000, respectively.

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