El Centro 6th Grader Competes in National Spelling Bee

America's Most Misspelled Words

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". Despite spelling both of her words right in the preliminary round, she did not qualify for the finals.

Hannah Fernandes misspelled her second word in the oral preliminaries Wednesday at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

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Only 40 students make it to the finals.

Kumar said she was relieved when asked to spell a word she knew - "phosphorus" - in round two, but knew not to get too confident because she might mess it up out of fear. Governor Chris Christie offered his congratulation to Padhy after she was announced as one of the 40 finalists.

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On Tuesday, entrants competed in a written test, and Hailey said her studying had made her feel more comfortable with the challenging test.

With his sister, Kate, by his side, we spoke with 13-year-old Jack Miller from his hotel room in Washington, D.C.

Those words made Jairam Hathwar and Nihar Janga co-champions of the Scripps National Spelling Bee previous year.

The competition started in 1925, when 11-year-old Frank Neuhauser correctly spelled the flower "gladiolus" to become the first national champion. Part of what helped her reach that spot was correctly spelling the words "treillage" and "mourning" in front of a national audience on ESPN. She was only five when she qualified for the national competition. All the spellers took it in the same room at the same time.

Fatta is here from Parkersburg, West Virginia competing with almost 300 other students for the title of Spelling Bee Champion and the nerves are high.

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