6th grader advances to final round of National Spelling Bee

Lawrence Kim
June 11, 2017

Here's some footage from her qualifying rounds; watch as she spells "sasparilla" easily and knocks "Croesus" out of the park, too. "Congratulations to Shruthika Padhy of Cherry Hill for advancing to the @ScrippsBee National Spelling Bee Finals".

Semifinalists will be announced early Wednesday evening.

Gandhasri was among 40 spellers to advance to Thursday's final rounds.

Any contestant who spelled incorrectly in either of Wednesday's rounds was eliminated from the competition.

Organizers determined the finalists based on their on-stage spelling Wednesday and their performance on the written spelling and multiple-choice vocabulary test they took on Tuesday, Miller said.

New Mexico Spelling Bee coordinator Karen Kehe told the Journal it's very rare for a 9-year-old to win the contest, which includes third through eighth graders from around the state.

None of the West Virginia participants were called on stage as finalists, as they did not have enough points to qualify.

Network: ESPN3 (preliminary rounds), ESPN2 (part 1 of finals) and ESPN (part 2 of finals). The tiebreaker test is to try to make it more likely that one victor will be left at the end of the competition since the last three years of the national bee have had two winners. To break that streak, the rules have changed to introduce a written "Tiebreaker Test", which will be given to all spellers who remain in Thursday's finals at 6 p.m.

Ask an adult to spell the word "nyctinasty" under the glare of the spotlight at the Scripps National Spelling Bee and it might not be pretty. Last year, he finished sixth overall.

This year, 291 contestants will compete in the annual spelling bee.

Spellers are competing for a trophy and more than $40,000 in cash and prizes.

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