2 mature spellers stand out among 15 left at national bee


A Chesterfield student is getting an "A+" for her efforts at the 90th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee near Washington DC.

The other Bay Area speller, Shrinidhi Gopal, was one of 15 who advanced to the evening's prime-time finals after four rounds of on-stage spelling Thursday.

During the sixth round of the 90th annual Spelling Bee today, Iyer, wearing a bright red shirt and jeans, extended his arms in excitement and breathed a sigh of relief when he heard his word: attentat.

Two Arizona girls saw their run at the Scripps National Spelling Bee fall short on Wednesday.

Both Kelly Haven, 12, and Penba Ba, 13, failed to make the final round along with more than 200 other spellers who were eliminated prior to the final round.

When about only 10 spellers remain, the competition will pause until the primetime finale. What followed, of course, was the disappointment of 2016, when he fumbled on "salele" and finished outside the top 10 for the first time in the national competition.

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The early exit didn't repeat itself this year. Her winning word was "jnana", which means "knowledge".

Fuller then asked for the language of origin, before carefully delivering the correct answer with poise.

He misspelled "oblivescence" - an act or the process of forgetting - spelling it o-b-l-e-v-s-c-e-n-c-e.

Tejas wasn't familiar with all the words that came his way. "I am so happy right now", she told ESPN after the competition. I didn't think, once, about the repercussions of misspelling or anything. Panuru reached the final 10 previous year.

"I'm still a little bit upset that I didn't go farther but I'm mostly over that now", said Kumar in an interview just moments after stepping off the stage.