Corona, Chino Hills spellers eliminated from 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee

Claudine Rigal
Juin 10, 2017

A West Branch student took an early exit in the preliminary section of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in the nation's capital. She recently turned 6 and is the youngest-ever speller at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Among those who survive, a written spelling and vocabulary test will determine who advances to the finals on Thursday.

A "syndicate" is a group of people "officially authorized to undertake a duty or negotiate business", according to Merriam-Webster. Last year, VanWynsberghe competed in the 89th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee and was eliminated after incorrectly spelling a word in the second round of oral spelling during the preliminaries.

About 25% of the spellers this year have made it to the National Spelling Bee before.

The national competition started in 1925 with nine contestants.

"She has prayed for me and encouraged me so much over the years", Rajeev said.

Contestant Jaden Zhang, 10, of Richmond, Ontario in Canada misspelled the word "inopportune" in the third round, but said he was not sad because he knows he can come back next year.

At one point in round six, in was one of just three states with more than one speller among the 18 still on stage.

He got through the preliminary round and then spelled "sternum" correctly in round two.

The proud parents told a Tulsa World reporter that they discovered her talent when she was able to spell "restaurant" without having been taught the word.

"Jeff did not earn enough points from the written so he will be tied for 41st place".

Fuller was five when she qualified for nationals in March and, per ABC News, she isn't the first six year old to compete on the national level, but she is the youngest six year old - a very important distinction.

The victor of the national spelling bee receives $42,500 in cash prizes, an engraved trophy, a complete Merriam-Webster reference collection and $400 worth of works from Encyclopedia Britannica. Ultimately, the top 40 spellers advanced to Thursday's finals.

"I would say it's about a 40 to 50 percent chance", he said with a chuckle.

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