Amarillo's Zheng narrowly misses making National Spelling Bee finals

"I also love to spell because it's a great way to travel, a great way to meet people, and it's just very enriching".

If a child wants to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, he or she must attend a school that is enrolled with the Scripps National Spelling Bee - or be homeschooled, as in Fuller's case. His total score of 29, the result of the written spelling and vocabulary test combined with his correct oral spellings, was the cut off to make it into the finals.

"I was sad she didn't make the finals, but you know what?"

The 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee is kicking off on Wednesday for its 90th competition in which young spellers bout over orthography supremacy.

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Oklahoma 6-year-old Edith Fuller competed in the preliminaries as the tournament's youngest ever competitor.

An Abilene teen is in our nation's capital competing in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The final round, televised on ESPN in prime time Thursday night, will crown the champion. The names of the finalists will be announced approximately 6 p.m. after a one-day long competition.

The spelling bee is taking place at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, with the finals beginning on June 1 at 10 a.m. EST.

Those words made Jairam Hathwar and Nihar Janga co-champions of the Scripps National Spelling Bee a year ago. "But after that it was just a really cool experience to be able to be on the stage for after watching the Bee for so many years".

13-year-old Sam Thomas is in 7th grade at Christ the King in South Bend. She was only five when she qualified for the national competition.

The field of 291 spellers consists of students who won locally sponsored bees in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, along with American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Department of Defense schools in Europe.

  • Salvatore Jensen