One of the favorites is out

Vanya Shivashankar (Speller 91), one of the crowd favorites, was eliminated from the competition on "zenaida," a type of pigeon.

There was an audible "Aww" from the crowd when she was eliminated. Vanya was greeted with a hug when she left the stage.

Read more about Vanya, a Kansas sixth grader, and her relationship with her older sister -- the 2009 champion -- here.

Vanya Shivashankar, speller 91