June 24, 2017

Local girl bows out of spelling bee

03 June 2017, 07:22 | Clarence Schmidt

Jonathan Wiggs Globe Staff Farah Raslan Haniff won Boston’s citywide spelling bee by spelling the word “cacophony.”

Farah Raslan Haniff won Boston’s citywide spelling bee by spelling the word “cacophony.”

The words "Tandoori" and "stegosaur" got Jeff Zheng through the final preliminary rounds of the 90th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., but the 12-year-old speller representing Amarillo just missed making the top 40 finalists Wednesday evening.

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

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.

The preliminary test was held at the Maryland Ballroom on Tuesday and now all the 291 contestants are busy participating in the Round Two and Three preliminaries.

Aisha Randhawa, of Corona, on Thursday misspelled her first word, "dimity", a sheer cotton fabric of plain weave.

She competed in the second round of competition Wednesday morning. On Wednesday, participants had to spell two words on stage.

"She does all the work in her mind", said Annie Fuller, who home-schools her daughter.

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Rageshree Ramachandran was the last Sacramento area speller to win the national bee in 1988.

Samhita Kumar's run in the Scripps National Spelling Bee ended Thursday when she misspelled her third word in the finals.

Kindergartener Edith Fuller is the youngest person ever to compete at the national bee. If there is a tie at the end of the bee, the speller with the better score on the written test will be named the champ. At the national competition, she was ousted in the third round by the word "ballotage".

"I would say it's about a 40 to 50 percent chance", he said with a chuckle. Spelling will begin at 10 a.m. Part 2 (8:30 to 10:30 p.m.) will air on ESPN.

Kumar said she plans to do a bit more preparation for next year.

The victor receives a $40,000 grand prize and plenty of bragging rights, while second place gets a $30,000 reward.

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