Abilene teen competes in Scripps National Spelling Bee

Lucy Bush
June 3, 2017

Edith impressed her parents by correctly spelling "restaurant" - a word she had never been taught.

"It's a little bit of a bummer, but I'm not too sad about it, because I never have to study again", Maia said.

The bee was scheduled to continue on Thursday.

It boiled down to the points the seventh grader earned in the competition.

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Without a doubt, spellers master language better than many of us.

Valerie Miller, a spokesman for the competition, said Edith has become a celebrity.

Rohan Rajeev, 14, an eighth-grader at Oklahoma Christian School, has been competing in spelling bees since he was 8. In round seven, he landed a spot on prime-time television after correctly spelling the word "fougere", a type of fragrance. Last year, the longest-lasting Minnesotan was May Meyer from Minnetonka Middle School East, who got through three words before incorrectly spelling "dulia".

The victor receives a $40,000 grand prize and plenty of bragging rights, while second place gets a $30,000 reward. Her advice for other kids following in her footsteps is this.

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"I was sad she didn't make the finals, but you know what?" A wrong spelling meant automatic elimination from the contest.

None of the West Virginia participants were called on stage as finalists, as they did not have enough points to qualify.

"This is a great experience for him to be on stage", Muralidharan said.

They've seen the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, Arlington National Cemetery and a couple of the Smithsonians. So Iyer, speller 259, headed back to his seat to join 16 other finalists into round seven.

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Propper said she reads about three books per month, and is a fan of the Divergent trilogy as well as the works of author James Patterson.

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