Year-old Tulsa girl misses final cut in national spelling bee

Boston student competing in national spelling bee

This year's Scripps National Spelling Bee is notable for another reason: the youngest-ever speller to compete nationally, Edith Fuller, 6, of Tulsa, Okla.

An eighth-grader at the Friends School of Portland, Zarin was the first of 291 spellers to approach the microphone Wednesday morning and receive a word from pronouncer Jacques Bailly.

Another area competitor, Silas Black of Wellsville, also did not advance to today's final rounds.

In an interview before Wednesday's second round, Propper said she had no special routine or superstitions as she prepared for the national competition, broadcast live on ESPN. "I didn't want to get my hopes up", she said. Maia didn't make it past the preliminary round, but while there, she was awarded a gold medal she earned for a national Spanish exam she took this year at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School. As an adult woman who still can't remember the proper spelling of the word "occasionally" and had to type "recommendation" out three times before getting it right, I salute this young woman's poise and skill.

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The best of the best at the Scripps National Spelling Bee have begun the unforgiving final day of the competition.




The two Inland spellers were eliminated from the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday, June 1.

Tammy Brown, Gabrielle's mother, said she was proud of her daughter's performance. The final round, televised on ESPN in prime time Thursday night, will crown the champion.

For the first round, the students had an idea of the word they would be getting.

At least not for the national spelling bee, which only allows students through the eighth grade to participate. The second part will be from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Fuller, who is homeschooled by her parents, qualified for the bee in March at just five years old, the age of most kindergartners.

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