2 mature spellers stand out among 15 left at national bee

Syracuse spelling champ Ava Propper was a flawless 2-for-2 on stage Wednesday, correctly spelling both words she was given in the oral rounds of competition at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Ba was eliminated because she did not score high enough on a written spelling test that was administered on Tuesday.

Taking center stage Wednesday afternoon, Hannah incorrectly spelled the word "rhubarb".

VanWynsberghe did not advance to the final rounds on Thursday where only 40 spellers will compete for the championship, as the spellers were narrowed down to allow a maximum of 50 to advance.

No one was more surprised than Maggie Sheridan when she aced the word "whirlicote" in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Last year, the longest-lasting Minnesotan was May Meyer from Minnetonka Middle School East, who got through three words before incorrectly spelling "dulia".

Spellers have been on the Gaylord National Resort campus near Washington D.C. all week, knocking out their peers and advancing to this day. She competed in the national bee three times from 2012 to 2014.

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At stake is a trophy and more than $40,000 in cash and prizes.

Tara Singh, 12, of Louisville, Ky., nervously counted off each letter on her fingers as she correctly spelled "poinciana", which is an ornamental tree or shrub.

Among those who didn't make the cut because of the test was 6-year-old Edith Fuller, the youngest speller in the history of the bee. If there's one shortcoming that makes sense though, it's the word that West Virginia and CT searched for most often: Disney's fictional "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious".

"I feel great", she said afterwards.

  • Larry Hoffman