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Finals of National Spelling Bee begin with 40 elite spellers

Finals of National Spelling Bee begin with 40 elite spellers Finals of National Spelling Bee begin with 40 elite spellers
Mike Hodges | 13 June, 2017, 04:18

When her group of spellers took the stage, Edith was conspicuously absent, her seat empty.

This is the third consecutive trip to the national spelling competition for Mira, who advanced by wining the regional competition in February. This year is her second and final opportunity competing in the national bee, due to age rules.

This is Zheng's first year attending the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

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To follow the spelling bee results on social media, use the hashtag #spellingbee on Twitter or follow the National Spelling Bee on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. But missed one in the second round, joining the nearly 250 students who didn't make the final group.

There were no other spellers among the field of 291 younger than 8 years old, and the majority of the competitors are six to eight years older than Fuller.

The spelling bee is taking place at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, with the finals beginning on June 1 at 10 a.m. EST.

Overall, almost 300 spellers - including 11 D.C. -area word whizzes - were whittled down to 40 after a series of preliminary rounds Wednesday.

"I didn't want to stand up there any more, so I just quit asking questions", Una said, admitting she is nervous.

The national competition consisted of the Preliminaries and Finals.

This year's competition is presented by Amazon Kindle and each of the almost 300 participants will receive a Kindle Paperwhite and a one-year subscription to Merriam-Webster Unabridged Online.

The proud parents told a Tulsa World reporter that they discovered her talent when she was able to spell "restaurant" without having been taught the word. She spelled "tapas:" correctly on Wednesday, but did not get enough points to continue to Thursday's competition.

Spelling is important for all students because it helps get good scores on college entrance exams, helps in learning foreign languages and expands vocabularies, he said.

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