A San Jose middle-schooler vying for a repeat visit to the championship rounds of the National Spelling Bee was knocked out on his first word of Thursday’s finals. It is an adjective.
When about only 10 spellers remain, the competition will pause until the primetime finale.
In Round 3, Mills, Lucas Mooney, of Martinsburg, Andrew Gould, of Clarksburg, and Devesh Shah, of Wheeling, spelled their words correctly, making all three contenders for finals.
Una later said she knew how to spell regurgitant when she heard the word.
The bee has a new set of rules, featuring a written Tiebreaker Test created to end a three-year streak in which two kids have shared the title of best speller. Unfortunately, as Tulsa NCB affiliate KJRH reports, Fuller didn’t make it to the final rounds; though she spelled both words correctly, she didn’t pass the written test and therefore was eliminated.
As for preparation for Thursday’s finals?
Among the words that tripped up other spellers Wednesday were licentious, thimblerig, jeepney, fissile and emulsify.
All 290 contestants had a chance to earn up to 30 points during “Round One” yesterday morning.
The South Bend student says he has been trying since fourth grade to make it to the National Spelling Bee. It will consist of 12 spelling words, which contestants will handwrite, and 12 multiple-choice vocabulary questions. Speller No. 278, as she is listed in the competition, tied for 22nd place in last year’s Bee.
The bee opened Tuesday with 291 spellers, the largest field in its 90-year history.
Miller said he hopes to compete again next year.
Kindergartener Edith Fuller is the youngest person ever to compete at the national bee. One hundred and twenty-four spellers were eighth graders when they qualified for the bee.