Published: Sat, June 03, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Syracuse champ Ava Propper still flawless at Scripps National Spelling Bee

Syracuse champ Ava Propper still flawless at Scripps National Spelling Bee

Faith Baca of Aurora, an eighth-grader at the Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning, successfully spelled "sempiternal", which means eternal and unchanging.

Among those who didn't make the cut because of the test was 6-year-old Edith Fuller, the youngest speller in the history of the bee.

The national preliminaries had 71 students misspell words, leaving 188 competitors to be whittled down based on written tests. She's one of 40-students vying for the $40,000 grand prize.

No matter. She got the word right and advanced to the finals of the competition.

"I think I'm going to try to aim to get my sister to D.C. next year", Sylvia said.

The test was taken on Tuesday as the first round of the preliminaries. And like the polished spellers who fare best, she repeated the word several times and calmly asked for the definition and language of origin.

"She's doing far", he said.

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Edith was only 5 when she qualified for the National Spelling Bee by winning the Green Country Regional Spelling Bee in Oklahoma in March.

"A 6-year-old, sitting in one place, not interacting with anybody, for two hours is the equivalent of torture", said her father, Justin Fuller.

"A class of particles able to travel faster than the speed of light, 'tachyon" was an appropriate word for McKeegan, who professed a love of science as well as reading in an interview before she departed for the bee.

Maia and her mom will attend the spelling bee finals on Thursday. The second part will be from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. For more information on eligibility, visit the website.

"They're all excited to know someone that's going to the national spelling bee because it's like".

The New Mexico Spelling Bee covers most of the state except for some southern cities that also compete with some west Texas schools.

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