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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There will be 10 finalists that move on to spell on stage tonight. In order of their scores, they are:
Speller 132, Dev Jaiswal
Speller 200, Cole Shafer-Ray
Speller 238, Siddarth Krishnakumar
Speller 264, Tejas Muthusamy
Speller 90, Vanya Shivashankar
Speller 92, Paul Keaton
Speller 39, Siyona Mishra
Speller 140, Gokul Venkatachalam
Speller 16, Snehaa Ganesh Kumar
Speller 29, Sylvie Lamontagne
There are 21 spellers left. No more than 12 will move on.
The first time she came to stage this morning, Katharine Wang, speller 284, tried to use her long-time bee tenure to her advantage. It's her fourth time here.
"Dr. Bailly, would you say we're old friends?" she asked. "Could you do me a favor and give me a word I actually know?"
She spelled "periastron" correctly the first time, but misspelled "cinquecento" and was eliminated.
Ankita Vadiala, speller 261, had just one request for Dr. Bailly:
"Think you can make this as easy as the last round?" she said.
Dr. Bailly replied: "I have no choice. I'd like to."
Luckily, Ankita knew "ballabile."
"Yes!" she said, grinning. After she spelled it correctly, she jumped up and down."Thank you, Dr. Bailly, you really are the best."
Samuel Pereles, speller 255, was a finalist at last year's bee. He correctly spelled "piolet" then "sinciput" to stay in the running this year.
Muriel Cotman, speller 246, closed her eyes as she correctly spelled "punchinello" in the last round.
This time, she took deep breaths while she learned about her word, closed her eyes and misspelled "cupressineous" to be eliminated.