Published: Thu, June 01, 2017
Local | By Vivian Poole

Year-old Edith Fuller competes in Scripps National Spelling Bee


Merriam Webster defines the word as "capable of being perceived, especially by the senses".

Spellers correctly spelling their third-round word can be among the maximum of 50 spellers advancing to Thursday's semifinals if their score on a test of 12 hand-written spelling words and 14 multiple-choice vocabulary questions administered Tuesday is high enough. The best of the best - the top 291 spellers - are advancing to the finals, according to the National Spelling Bee. The 13-year-old student is involved in several school clubs and likes to dance, play board games, bake and play soccer outside of school. And since he has a passion for aeronautics, he is particularly excited to visit the National Air and Space Museum when he travels to Washington D.C. this week.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee starts tomorrow, which is unfortunate for Arizona because apparently we don't know how to spell tomorrow, or is it tommorow.

Edith Fuller, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, qualified for the spelling bee in March as a five-year-old. Not everyone is happy about the latest change.

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"It seems easier because I've done it before", Una said Tuesday about her return to the national war of words. The principal waived the school uniform for a day and encouraged kids to dress like bees - yellow tops, black bottoms.

Jairam believes the championship words will be hard enough this year that the test won't be needed. "Last year, Nihar Janga definitely did not come of nowhere". "It gives a lot of hope for people".

Spellers who spell a word wrong during Rounds 2 and 3 are eliminated from the competition.

Ostermann correctly spelled the word "interrelate" to represent Imperial County of Education at the annual event.

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Usually, she won, Edith said.

Thursday, the semifinalists will take the stage at 10 a.m. EST and spell until about 1 p.m. EST.

Naysa Modi, a veteran at age 11 who's already making her third appearance in the bee, stopped Edith and asked her to pose for a picture.

"If you think about it though, that's. wow", he said.

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