Pressure's on: National spelling bee comes down to final 15

Posted June 03, 2017

Faith Baca of Aurora, an eighth-grader at the Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning, successfully spelled "sempiternal", which means eternal and unchanging.

Olivia Charles, an eighth-grade student at West Carroll Middle School, listens to the judge Wednesday as she learns that she missed her third-round word, stephanotis, during the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

There were no other spellers among the field of 291 younger than 8 years old, and the majority of the competitors are six to eight years older than Fuller. She spelled tarsier - a small nocturnal animal of the Malay Archipelago with large round eyes, long legs and a long, almost hairless tail.

Rohan Rajeev, of Edmond, Oklahoma, did advance to the finals, however. The names of the finalists will be announced approximately 6 p.m. after a one-day long competition.

"I didn't feel nervous", Edith said.

The preliminary round of the national event was on Tuesday. Part of what helped her reach that spot was correctly spelling the words "treillage" and "mourning" in front of a national audience on ESPN.

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"She's doing O.K.so far", he said.

The finals start June 1 on ESPN at 10 A.M.

VanWynsberghe's first word was "regurgitant" which is defined as characterized by, allowing or being a backward flow. But Edith didn't qualify for the finals after a written test and won't be seen on stage Thursday.

The 10-year-old is among the youngest spellers at the national bee in Washington, D.C.

Fuller, who is homeschooled by her parents, qualified for the bee in March at just five years old, the age of most kindergartners.

"Congratulations to Shruthika Padhy of Cherry Hill for advancing to the @ScrippsBee National Spelling Bee Finals".