Centerville teen narrowly misses cut after 3 rounds at national spelling bee

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A one-letter, third-round misspell Wednesday dinged Dispatch•Argus•QCOnline Spelling Bee champion Daniel Healy's chance to continue representing the area at this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Fuller correctly spelled "nyctinasty" on Wednesday morning, and then correctly spelling "tapas" on Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Scripps web site, Ishreet "loves to spell, and she puts in a lot of work when she sits down to study".

Wearing a navy blue dress with a black bow in her wavy blonde hair, Fuller said she planned to compete again next year "if I don't win this time". I thought I did pretty well. It was the ninth successive time Indian American spellers won the prestigious championship.

Spelling is important for all students because it helps get good scores on college entrance exams, helps in learning foreign languages and expands vocabularies, he said.

The second day, she attended a barbecue at Nationals Park, and on Tuesday, she participated in the preliminaries.

Fatta's mother, Amy Matthews, said the experience has been spectacular for he as well. "He'd rather be moving on". You go up there, you try your hardest, you're sweating the whole time.

With his sister, Kate, by his side, we spoke with 13-year-old Jack Miller from his hotel room in Washington, D.C. Dad Brian Blackburn has been there before.

As part of the trip, the family has visited the National Cathedral, the Jefferson Memorial and Washington Nationals Stadium. "It was totally fun", she said.

Las Vegas eighth-grader Maia Marshall finished the preliminary rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee just one place shy of earning a spot in the finals.

"So many people have supported and prayed for him", she said.

Jake had one advantage in the spelling bee in that he's a seasoned performer, with the lead role of Harold Hill in Garfield's production of "The Music Man".

An Arkansas 8th grader is competing today in the National Spelling Bee.

"I think it was a good experience overall, " 11-year-old Naomi Castellanos, the victor of the 58th annual Jersey Journal-Hudson County Spelling Bee, said.

He's also an athlete who competes in soccer, cross country and baseball.

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