Dylan O'Connor, speller 164, said he was feeling good before he took the stage. It's his fourth time at the bee, but only his second semifinals.
"I'm excited again," he said.
Dylan's mother, Alycia, was thrilled.
"It's like Charlie winning the golden ticket," she said.
Dylan misspelled "arcology" and was eliminated.
"Oh, great," said Cy Orentlicher, speller 76, when he heard his word, "oppidan."
He misspelled it. "Oh well," he said.
Speller 62, Aniket Nuthalapati, is out on "tristeza."
In the last round, 11 spellers misspelled and were eliminated. So far in this round, two have misspelled and are out. Six spelled their words correctly and are still in, with more spelling to come.
Nathaniel Britton covered his mouth as he practiced spelling "rescissible" out loud before stepping to the mic. Unfortunately, he changed the last "I" for an "A" and is out.
Christine Farnberg, speller 130, was eliminated on "Syrette."
"What?" said Lily Mears, speller 117, when she heard her word. She asked for any alternate pronunciations, the definition, the part of speech and the language of origin.
"Phew," she said when she spelled "vilipend" correctly.
Paul Keaton, speller 92, spelled "faineancy" to stay in. Paul is a 2014 semifinalist and his sister, Emily, was a semifinalist as well. She competed from 2009 to 2013.
We just watched a video of Vanya Shivashankar, speller 90, through the years. She's been attending the bee since 2006, when her sister first competed. Kavya was the 2009 champion.
This is Vanya's fifth bee as a speller. She spelled "consommé" correctly to stay in the competition.
Sara-Beth McPherson, speller 87, is out on "agaric." She asked a number of questions and watched the clock count down.
"It was an honor and a good experience," she said of working with Rev. Glen Archer, the spelling coach who died this year. "I feel excited that I'm here."