"It's an honor to be on the stage with those kids because they're very, very good," said Cole Shafer-Ray, speller 200. "Obviously, I'm disappointed I didn't win, but it was a good experience."
Gokul Venkatachalam, speller 140 and a big LeBron James fan, is sporting Jordan 11 Retro "Legend Blue" shoes.
He's one of two spellers, along with Vanya Shivashankar, speller 90, to remain in the competition.
Speller 200, Cole Shafer-Ray, walked into the last gathering of spellers tonight still studying. This time, it was a list of esoteric words.
Gokul Venkatachalam, speller 140, correctly spelled "zygoneure" to stay in. His sentence:
Dr. Sietsema told me he knows so much about the movie "Frozen" that he feels like his brain has the lyrics to “Let it Go” written in every zygoneure.
Vanya Shivashankar, speller 90, spelled "cibarial" right to stay in.
“I’ve changed a lot,” said Vanya Shivashankar, speller 90, after she watched a video montage of herself growing up at the spelling bee. The 13-year-old Kansas eighth grader had been coming to the bee since her sister first competed, in 2006. Vanya was four.
We're down to three spellers, and the 25-word championship list. A winner will be declared within the next 25 words.
Remaining are Vanya Shivashankar, speller 90; Gokul Venkatachalam, speller 140; and Cole Shafer-Ray, speller 200.
Siddarth Krishnakumar, speller 238, is in the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee because the family of speller 237, Shobha Dasari, moved to another school district, his mother said.
Cole Shafer-Ray, speller 200, stopped mid-spelling to get the definition again. He spelled "tortillon" correctly, air-typing, to stay in.
The sentence garnered chuckles:
While looking for her dropped tortillon in art class, Laura found yesterday's chewing gum - and it was still good.
Dr. Bailly greeted Gokul Venkatachalam, speller 140, with a "What's up." He sported a rare grin before spelling "Canossa" correctly to stay in.