Janesville boy's third national spelling bee experience cut short

Fort Worth student Will Lourcey aced the spelling of "fallacy" and "Ruritanian" on Wednesday, but it wasn't enough for him to advance to the finals of the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The South Bend student says he has been trying since fourth grade to make it to the National Spelling Bee.

A "syndicate" is a group of people "officially authorized to undertake a duty or negotiate business", according to Merriam-Webster.

He has advanced to the Scripps competition for four straight years after defeating other champions from local schools in the Richmond Times-Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee.

The victor of the spelling bee will earn $40,000, and the runner-up will receive $30,000.

The national competition started in 1925 with nine contestants.

The word that most baffled MA residents this year was "license". Speller No. 278, as she is listed in the competition, tied for 22nd place in last year's Bee.

Ask an adult to spell the word "nyctinasty" under the glare of the spotlight at the Scripps National Spelling Bee and it might not be pretty.

"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. The early rounds of the finals will be carried on ESPN2, with the closing rounds moving Thursday evening to the more widely watched ESPN.

Among this year's contestants was -year-old Edith Fuller of Tulsa, Oklahoma, the bee's youngest-ever contestant.

A new Google Trends map showing which words are misspelled most often in each state will have you doing a search of how to spell flabbergasted.

Daniel Chen, of Chino Hills, on Thursday correctly spelled his first word, "perinephric", but incorrectly spelled "carosella", a type of fennel, by adding an "I" instead of the "O".

"It's a little bit of a bummer, but I'm not too sad about it, because I never have to study again", Maia said.

  • Leroy Wright