Moving for the bee

Joshua Mason, speller 190, asked if he could buy a vowel when he heard his word, "quaquaversal."

Joshua got the word right.

His family made a lot of effort for Joshua to get this far -- they sold their house and moved to another school district, that participated in the bee longer, so Joshua would have another chance to compete after he just missed making the national bee last year.

Some more eliminations

Abigail Pittman, speller 168, is out on ""renvoi." Kayleigh Guffey, speller 171, misspelled "farouche." Speller 172, Andrew Bowen, was eliminated on "nyctipelagic."

Hannah Gerlach, speller 174, missed on "villeggiatura." Emily Garcia, speller 175, was incorrect on "heparinize."

Lily Spalding, speller 177, misspelled "echinulate." And Allison Brower, speller 179, missed on "calanque."

All are out.

Fourth time

It's the fourth time at the bee for Dylan O'Connor, speller 164. He spelled "Chalcolithic" correctly and remains in the competition. Lat year, Dylan tied for 13th place.

A few more are gone

Sahil Sangwan, speller 156, misspelled "aniseikonia." Shashwat Patel, speller 157, missed on "zabaglione." Sydney DeLapp, speller 161, didn't get "nudicaulous." And Stephen Ponzer, speller 163, misspelled on "trouvaille."

All were eliminated.


Frank Grabowski's word made him giggle.

"Oopuhue" is any of numerous chiefly tropical marine fishes which can distend themselves to a globular form and float belly upward on the surface and most species of which are highly poisonous.

He mispelled it, and was eliminated.

Out and in

Kassie McKnight, speller 138, thought her word sounded comforting -- she just didn't know how to spell it.

"Avegolemono" is a soup or sauce made of chicken stock, egg yolks and lemon juice.

She misspelled, and was eliminated.

Gokul Venkatachalam, speller 140 and last year's third place finisher, spelled "lathyrism" correctly to stay in the competition.

On-stage chatter

Speller 135, Joel Miles, asked if he could "jump the question" when he heard his his word, "seriema." He misspelled it, and is out.

Christine Sturgill, speller 137, was ready for her word.

"Bring it on," she said, as she approached the mic. Christine spelled "tatbeb" correctly, and took a bow.

"Thank you very much," she said.

No more pain

Dev Jaiswal, speller 132, last competed in 2012. He's concerned about the subject of his sentence, for the word "acesodyne," which means mitigating or relieving pain.

"The patient was administered an acesodyne drug to relieve her back pain," the sentence read.




"I hope she felt better," Dev said.

Baby names

"Very funny," said speller 125, Brandon Kirkendall, when he heard the sentence for his word, Plantagenet. It means a member of an English royal family to which belonged the rulers of England from 1154 to 1485:

Prince Charles was glad that Kate Middleton decided against naming the baby Plantagenet and went with "Charlotte."

Brandon misspelled it, and was eliminated.