Cole Shafer-Ray, speller 200, air-typed his way to "samadhi" to stay in the competition.
Dr. Bailly gave a quick "ba-dum-dum" to explain "bacchius" which means a metrical foot of three syllables, the first short, the other two long.
Dev Jaiswal, speller 132, looked nervous at the microphone, but he spelled the word correctly.
Dev pumped his fists after he got it right, rushed away, then rushed back to the microphone to say thank you to Dr. Bailly.
There’s no way to overstate how excited Siyona Mishra, speller 39, was to be in the finals.
“On a scale of one to 10, it’d be infinity,” she said. “I’m so shocked right now. The best way to describe me is ecstatic.”
Siyona Mishra, speller 39, heard her word.
"Could you, like, say it five times?" she asked Dr. Bailly.
He did, and she nodded after each repetition.
"Was that five?" he asked.
"Yeah," she replied.
"Hacek," he said again.
But Siyona misspelled, and is out.
"Being overconfident is not good, but being under confident is not good either," Dev Jaiswal, speller 132 said.
Sylvie Lamontagne, speller 29, sighed nervously as she spelled "cerastes" on her hand while the clock counted down.
"That's not right," she said, just before the bell rang.
Sylvie only got one shot at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Her sponsor, The Denver Post, doesn’t let spellers come back a second time.
Snehaa Ganesh Kumar, speller 16, held the microphone as she correctly spelled "bouillabaisse" to stay in the competition.
Speller 16, Snehaa Ganesh Kumar, had to guess on the two words she received in the semifinals. Luckily, she wasn’t just guessing.
“I used the rules,” she said.
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