Macomb County speller eliminated in first round of National Spelling Bee finals

An Edmond student has made it to the final rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

The competition will resume with the championship rounds, 5:30-7:30 p.m. on ESPN.

Addo, 13, correctly spelled "imprecatory" and "taciturnity" in Wednesday's oral rounds, which were televised by ESPN3. Her competitors range from eight to 15 years old, according to Scripps statistics.

Aisha Randhawa, of Corona, on Thursday misspelled her first word, "dimity", a sheer cotton fabric of plain weave.

The South Bend student says he has been trying since fourth grade to make it to the National Spelling Bee. Her winning word was "jnana", which means "knowledge".

An Abilene teen is in our nation's capital competing in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Here's some footage from her qualifying rounds; watch as she spells "sasparilla" easily and knocks "Croesus" out of the park, too.

After hearing the word's definition - an attempt to commit a crime of violence - and getting the part of speech and origin, Iyer spelled quickly: a-t-t-e-n-t-a-t.

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

To qualify for the national bee, he first had to win his school's spelling bee, the city of Madison's spelling bee and then place in the top three of the state spelling bee, Ryndon said.

VanWynsberghe was one of 55 who were at the bee for a second time, 14 were there for the third time and three had been there four times. "I didn't want to get my hopes up", she said.

"It was nice for me because I had already gone over all the words".

The home-schooled girl from Tulsa, Oklahoma, ended up getting eliminated from Thursday's finals due to her score on a written test. "I'm thankful she is reaping the rewards of all of her studying".

  • Julie Sanders