Lubbock speller Grant Taylor of Lubbock Christian High School missed a word in the first round of the finals of the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., on Thursday and is out.
Faith Baca of Aurora, an eighth-grader at the Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning, successfully spelled "sempiternal", which means eternal and unchanging. The names of the finalists will be announced approximately 6 p.m. after a one-day long competition. He says the nerves hit hard when he got on stage, but he's thrilled to be representing his home.
The preliminary round of the national event was on Tuesday.
Others who also moved on to the next round at the Washington-area resort correctly spelled words such as gneiss, brachiopods and dactylology, while some struck out on the words quokka and toile.
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She is the youngest contestant to ever qualify for the National Spelling Bee. The final round, televised on ESPN in prime time Thursday night, will crown the champion.
Maia and her mom will attend the spelling bee finals on Thursday.
The 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee competition will be held from May 30, 2017 through June 1, 2017.
The first place victor will get $40,000 cash prize and $2,500 U.S. savings bond; and the second and third winners will get $30,000 and $20,000, respectively.
At only 11 years-old, Hennessey still has three more years of eligibility.