Local girl bows out of spelling bee

Fatta is here from Parkersburg, West Virginia competing with almost 300 other students for the title of Spelling Bee Champion and the nerves are high. Tejas Muthusamy, an eighth grader from George H. Moody Middle School in Henrico, was the only one to prevail to the finals.

Her advice for fellow students looking to compete in the bee next year was to start practicing early. Her name was not among the list of finalists announced Wednesday night.

Mira spelled the following words correctly to remain in contention: Icarian, ornithology and ferriferous.

After opening with 291 spellers, the largest field in its 90-year history, the Scripps National Spelling Bee will wrap up Thursday, as 40 finalists will compete for the national championship and a $40,000 prize.

It's also Miller's third year to compete, but he won't make it to the finals Thursday because he didn't score high enough on a written test. "The spelling did come as a surprise because we never explicitly tried to teach our children spelling".

To get to the national level, Naomi first had to win the Maine State Spelling Bee in March. Maia didn't make it past the preliminary round, but while there, she was awarded a gold medal she earned for a national Spanish exam she took this year at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School.

"My word in round two I got was vacuole", Miller said.

"For a kid at her first National Spelling Bee, she did fantastically", Brown said of her daughter. "She did well and we're pleased". "Congratulations to Shruthika Padhy of Cherry Hill for advancing to the @ScrippsBee National Spelling Bee Finals".

"I just want to praise Jesus for getting me here", Rajeev said.

"Correct", always the favorite word of the competition, is what Sam Thomas heard right off the bat.

  • Leroy Wright