Lubbock speller out of national bee


Boerne's Alex Iyer, the spelling whiz who went deep a year ago in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, has made it into tonight's finals after making it through seven rounds this morning. "This is not something that comes easy". She said she knew all the words in the the second round and almost all in the third round.

Martius Bautista, 13, and Kieran McKinney, 12, both successfully spelled their words during the two oral rounds. The competition will resume with the championship rounds, 5:30-7:30 p.m. on ESPN.

Only 40 students make it to the finals.

"She (his coach) has been supportive of him. that has helped him a lot in getting here", Muralidharan said.

Naysa Modi, 11, of Monroe, La., left, and Ashrita Gandhari, 10, of North Andover, Mass., react as they and other finalists in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee watch an opening video featuring past bee participants in.

Sam Thomas says hearing the National Spelling Bee announcer say, "Correct" is the best feeling in the world.
. She was so "calm and confident" on the stage, Ryan said.

If Rajeev is the last student standing, he would be the first Oklahoman to win since 1965, when Michael Kerpan Jr. from Tulsa won.

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York was a strong contender while competing live during the national telecast on ESPN3 yesterday, competing against 291 spellers.

The youngest Scripps National Spelling Bee contestant nailed a word that most adults can't define and would struggle to even pronounce.

Melodie was at the competition with her mother, Debbie Loya, and coach and cheerleader Martha Ryan, public and school liaison for the Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego BOCES. If there is a tie on the test, judges will declare co-champions.

She beat out 44 other competitors.

Kumar has big shoes to fill because the 2015 and 2016 victor of the local competition, Snehaa Ganesh Kumar, who was too old to compete this year, placed third in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2016. Muthusamy tied for 22th place a year ago and Singh was the youngest speller in the 2013 competition.

Louisville Courier-News organized the first competition in 1925.

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