A guide to the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee

"He has done awesome so far", Kress said.

The test was taken on Tuesday as the first round of the preliminaries. All spellers moved onto Wednesday's Round Two.

Forty spellers were on the stage at the beginning of Thursday's final round. The names of those finalists will be announced at about 6 p.m. later today, according to the guide.

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

"A class of particles able to travel faster than the speed of light, 'tachyon" was an appropriate word for McKeegan, who professed a love of science as well as reading in an interview before she departed for the bee.

Also competing was West Carroll eighth-grader Olivia Charles, of Mount Carroll, who missed her second-round word stephanotis, a genus of flowering plants, by swapping the "a" with an "e". But I feel like I wanna go have fun, so that's my main goal. Each participant spells one word in each round.

Ostermann correctly spelled the word "interrelate" to represent Imperial County of Education at the annual event. There are tiebreaker provisions.

The national competition started in 1925 with nine contestants. She organizes the bee for schools in her district as well as the Otsego Northern Catskill Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

Zheng said he prefers math but still plans to compete in bees until he finishes middle school. They were divided into two groups for the day's rounds. Melodie was speller nine in group one. "She did well and we're pleased". On her next trip to the microphone, Sylvia made her mark.

"I am really happy and kind of surprised", the aspiring pianist who enjoys chess and table tennis said at the time. "I'm thankful she is reaping the rewards of all of her studying".

Una, 13, advanced to the afternoon round of the bee, which began Wednesday with 291 young spellers.

Iyer, 14, and 14 other finalists will be on stage in the ESPN national telecast, starting at 7:30 p.m.

  • Julie Sanders