Providence student eliminated in Round 3 of national spelling bee

Haley Jeffers, Camarillo: Haley is an eighth-grader at Las Colinas Middle School.

Kumar has big shoes to fill because the 2015 and 2016 victor of the local competition, Snehaa Ganesh Kumar, who was too old to compete this year, placed third in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2016.

Gabrielle correctly spelled the word "fauve" in the second round, according the organization's website. She's one of 40-students vying for the $40,000 grand prize. She did not advance to the finals.

Her first word on Wednesday was "nyctinasty", the movement of plants in response to the onset of darkness.

Ryan said she was thrilled to see Melodie do so well.

Grace McKeegan, a home-schooled seventh-grader from Steubenville, said she isn't among 40 finalists who will go on to the next round of the bee "but I'm happy with how I did". Watching children spell words is joyous and stressful in equal measure- what more could you ask for? She recently turned 6 and is the youngest-ever speller at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

"I'm proud. It's been really cool to do that", Sam says.

"She has to work her mind and think about the process of breaking down words and alternate pronunciations", her father said. To determine those spellers, the scores of the preliminary vocabulary and spelling test are considered.

ABC Buffalo reports that Fuller, who correctly spelled the words "nyctinasty" and "tapas" onstage in National Harbor, Maryland, was disqualified from the finals due to her performance on a written test.

The finals are scheduled to be on cable channel ESPN 2, channel 63 on the Oneonta Spectrum listings, starting at 10 a.m. Five students represented Louisiana at this year's national Bee, hoping to become the first Louisianian to take the cake.

  • Larry Hoffman