Centerville teen narrowly misses cut after 3 rounds at national spelling bee

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I don't want to give up just because I missed a word. It is an adjective. No more than 50 spellers, as determined by total scores, advance to Thursday's semifinal round, scheduled to be broadcast on ESPN2 at 10 a.m. "She spelled "stentorophonic" correctly!" She spelled "tapas:" correctly on Wednesday, but did not get enough points to continue to Thursday's competition.

The test was taken on Tuesday as the first round of the preliminaries. Five others fell short after misspelling their words, including Ava Cloonan, of Oswego, who spelled the word "metadata" as "metidata". "My parents were in the room as well, and they kind of took it along with me".

Aisha Randhawa, of Corona, on Thursday misspelled her first word, "dimity", a sheer cotton fabric of plain weave. Alice Liu, 10, from Wild Horse Elementary School has made it to the finals which begin today.

Among those who didn't make the cut because of the test was 6-year-old Edith Fuller, the youngest speller in the history of the bee.

While Waynesboro resident Riley Hamp spelled all of her words perfectly on Wednesday, her competition kept her from moving on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee finals. This year, 138 females and 153 males competed.


Kindergartener Edith Fuller is the youngest person ever to compete at the national bee. Her competitors range from eight to 15 years old, according to Scripps statistics.

Propper was among 291 spelling champs from around the world at the 90 national spelling bee.

VanWynsberghe was one of 55 who were at the bee for a second time, 14 were there for the third time and three had been there four times.

Haris Rana (right), an eighth-grader at Fort Smith's Chaffin Junior High School, and Pulaski Academy seventh-grader Parray Faizan were the top two finishers in Saturday's spelling bee.

A word about entertaining guests couldn't trip up Syracuse spelling champ Ava Propper in her mission to remain eligible for the championship finals of the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

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