"Dzień dobry," said Zander Worm, speller 118, as he approached the microphone. "What language is that," Dr. Bailly asked. "Polish," Zander replied. The Michigan seventh grader spelled "Basenji" correctly to stay in. D3S_5994


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.

Classy guy

Michael Goss, speller 96, misspelled "preterition" and is out of the Bee. But he got a round of applause as he left the stage for his remarks upon getting the word wrong. "Thank you," the Louisiana sixth grader said. "It's been an honor." D3S_4066

My own voice

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.

What else is there?

Una VanWynsberghe, speller 77, was nervous about her word, "divestiture." "Is there anything else I can ask?" she asked Dr. Bailly. "Well, you can ask it all again," he told her. The Ohio sixth grader (representing Fort Wayne, Ind.) spelled it correctly. D3S_3044