Two Tri-State spellers eliminated from Scripps National Spelling Bee

Faith Baca of Aurora, an eighth-grader at the Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning, successfully spelled "sempiternal", which means eternal and unchanging.

This year's Scripps National Spelling Bee is notable for another reason: the youngest-ever speller to compete nationally, Edith Fuller, 6, of Tulsa, Okla.

In the morning, Propper passed her first test in the oral competition, correctly spelling "capoeira", a noun that describes a Brazilian martial art influenced by dance and music.

The Omaha girl must now wait until all 291 spellers finish the preliminaries to learn whether she moves on.

Rohan Rajeev, of Edmond, Oklahoma, did advance to the finals, however.

It was announced Wednesday that students had to achieve a score of 29 or better to advance, Miller said.

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More than 35,000 are scheduled to take part, with organisers saying they had to turn away thousands of new applications this week.

"This is what I've wanted to do for a long time, just to arrive in D.C., meet all these kids, see some sights and spell some words", he said. On Wednesday, participants had to spell two words on stage.

Kumar, 11, lowered her head as she stepped off the stage, but she said she won't let herself feel too discouraged because as a sixth grader she has the opportunity to try again next year.

Daniel Doudna, 13, of Fairbanks, Alaska, said it was "amazing" to be the third child in his family to attend the national Bee. Part one starts at 10 a.m. on ESPN 2. They will continue at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN, channel 14. The tiebreaker test is to try to make it more likely that one victor will be left at the end of the competition since the last three years of the national bee have had two winners.

But at age 6, she has many years of eligibility left.

The 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee competition will be held from May 30, 2017 through June 1, 2017. Edith was only five when she qualified for the national competition.

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