Henry Banta, speller 143, spelled "patois" correctly, and we're back on.
Emily Sun, speller 112, put her hands to her chest and exhaled deeply. The Massachusetts seventh grader spelled "cryptozoa" correctly after pausing partway through, and will remain in the Bee. Lela Festa, speller 113, was similarly relieved when she spelled "empyrean" correctly. The Massachusetts eighth grader breathed more easily after she was told she got the word right.
Katie Collins, speller 84, got a laugh from the crowd with her sentence for "mellisonant," which means "pleasing to the ear." "In the days after the Bee, I watch the broadcast over and over again to hear the sound of my own mellisonant voice," Dr. Bailly read. Katie, from Indiana, got it right.