Published: Fri, June 02, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Who from Upstate NY reached the Scripps National Spelling Bee finals?

Who from Upstate NY reached the Scripps National Spelling Bee finals?

A Maui student says she's disappointed that she didn't make it to the finals in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, but wouldn't trade the experience.

Those are just a few of the words spelled - correctly, we should clarify - at the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday, the 90th instance of the erudite tournament.

No matter. She got the word right and advanced to the finals of the competition.

Among the words that tripped up other spellers Wednesday were licentious, thimblerig, jeepney, fissile and emulsify.

Among those who didn't make the cut because of the test was 6-year-old Edith Fuller, the youngest speller in the history of the bee.

Propper will find out after 6 p.m. today if her flawless score in the oral rounds, combined with her score in a written spelling and vocabulary test, will be enough to advance to Thursday's final rounds. No more than 50 spellers, as determined by total scores, advance to Thursday's semifinal round, scheduled to be broadcast on ESPN2 at 10 a.m. He tied for 41st place this year. Following the exam, the students will compete in an all-day competition of onstage spelling.

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".

Next school year, Maia will attend Bishop Gorman High School. She wants to be a hematologist and help children with leukemia and blood diseases.

Andrew said he would like to thank his family, principal, teachers and friends for being so supportive during the entire process. And, she added, "Now we don't have to worry about studying". "We told him before we went down here that it doesn't matter what he does, he is a victor in our book".

And Maia's earned that break. The speller could not have won a Scripps National Spelling Bee near Washington D.C, too.

Andrew said the preliminary written test was challenging.

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