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Centerville teen narrowly misses cut after 3 rounds at national spelling bee

Stacy Diaz | 03 June, 2017, 01:30

Ultimately, the top 40 spellers advanced to Thursday's finals. It is an adjective. Speller No. 278, as she is listed in the competition, tied for 22nd place in last year's Bee. She spelled tarsier - a small nocturnal animal of the Malay Archipelago with large round eyes, long legs and a long, almost hairless tail.

Propper, 13, an eighth-grader at West Genesee Middle School in Camillus, correctly spelled "hospitality" on Wednesday afternoon, her second consecutive correct word in the oral competition.

A score of at least 29 was needed on the test to advance to the finals.

Pawlicki misspelled the word “desman” a small, semiaquatic European mammal related to the mole, with a long tubular muzzle and webbed toes.

All finalists still left standing Thursday evening will be given a tiebreaker written test with 12 words and 12 vocabulary questions. All the spellers took it in the same room at the same time. In round seven, he landed a spot on prime-time television after correctly spelling the word "fougere", a type of fragrance.

Lourcey, who just finished eighth grade, said he prepared for the bee by skimming over the list of 400 words that spellers could get in the preliminary rounds.

As the prize awaits, the finalists in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee take their seats in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017.

According to Bill Chappell of NPR, this year's contest will include Edith Fuller, 5, who defeated many older competitors in a regional spelling bee in Tulsa, Okla. This year, 138 females and 153 males competed.

She was 5 years old when she beat out more than 50 students to qualify.

The National Spelling Bee started in 1925 with nine contestants.

"Some people were saying we think co-champions every year is great, don't change a thing", said Paige Kimble, the bee's director and the national spelling champion in 1981.

Fort Worth student Will Lourcey aced the spelling of "fallacy" and "Ruritanian" on Wednesday, but it wasn't enough for him to advance to the finals of the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee.