Waynesboro student's national spelling bee run ends before finals

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 2, 2017

The Scripps National Spelling Bee weeded out the field to the truly elite spellers during Wednesday's grueling preliminary rounds.

Spellers are competing for a trophy and more than $40,000 in cash and prizes. She was only five when she qualified for the national competition.

Good luck and good spelling Shruthika. Erin Howard, a sixth-grader from Alabama, offered a plea to the judges before receiving her word.

"I didn't think we'd be taking the test with everybody in the room", Jake said.

"I've been sort of working on roots and stems and I have a program that gives me random words in sets of 150 so I was working through those", she added.

That means that MI is still looking for its first champion in the Bee since 1941, when Louis Edward Sissman of Detroit won by correctly spelling the word "initials".

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". "I'm really enjoying it".

The Omaha girl must now wait until all 291 spellers finish the preliminaries to learn whether she moves on.

Martius Bautista, 13, and Kieran McKinney, 12, both successfully spelled their words during the two oral rounds.

"She (his coach) has been supportive of him. that has helped him a lot in getting here", Muralidharan said.

During the Badger State Spelling Bee on March 25, Bautista took first place, Ghouse second and McKinney third. If there is a tie at the end of the bee, the speller with the better score on the written test will be named the champ. "There are a few more that are pending, so I'm hoping", he said.

Maia didn't make it past the preliminary round, but while there, she was awarded a gold medal she earned for a national Spanish exam she took this year at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School.

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