NM student tripped up at national spelling bee

James Marshall
June 12, 2017

Dale won the LNP Spelling Bee in March to earn his spot in the national competition.

Meanwhile, 6-year-old Edith Fuller of Tulsa, Okla., had to spell words just as hard as those everyone else faced in the national bee.

He correctly spelled “animism, ” and “requiem” Wednesday after completing the written test Tuesday.

Along with $40,000, the champion receives many awards like a Scripps National Spelling Bee engraved trophy, a $2,500 US savings bond, a complete reference library from Merriam-Webster, and a trip to New York City to appear on LIVE with Kelly and Ryan. The Oklahoma native recently turned 6 and is younger than any speller in the bee's history. As an adult woman who still can't remember the proper spelling of the word "occasionally" and had to type "recommendation" out three times before getting it right, I salute this young woman's poise and skill.

Forty spellers were on the stage at the beginning of Thursday's final round.

Una VanWynsberghe of Van Wert, Ohio, correctly spelled "regurgitant" on Wednesday morning during a preliminary round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

When asked to spell "hospitality", Propper requested the word's definition from pronouncer Jacques Bailly.

JANESVILLE-Neither "sacellum" nor "pageantry" tripped him up, but the Janesville boy competing in the Scripps National Spelling Bee came up a point short of reaching the finals in this year's competition, his father told The Gazette.

While in Washington D.C., he said he visited many fascinating places including an air and space museum. Eight of them performed perfectly in Wednesday's two oral rounds, but were eliminated by the bee's written test, which weeds out all but the top 40 competitors.

The Arkansas native has been competing since he was in the fifth grade, according to his biography on the Scripps National Spelling Bee website.

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