Nguyen makes mark at National Spelling Bee

  • Nguyen makes mark at National Spelling Bee

Nguyen makes mark at National Spelling Bee

The youngest Scripps National Spelling Bee contestant nailed a word that most adults can't define and would struggle to even pronounce.

Three students from our area will compete in the spelling bee.

Her first word on Wednesday was "nyctinasty", the movement of plants in response to the onset of darkness.

On her first visit to the stage, Sylvia correctly spelled the word "lecithin".

The victor of the New Mexico Spelling Bee was tripped up by "uxorious" at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., and was not among the 40 finalists still competing Thursday.

The Spelling Bee continues Thursday, the final round taking place Thursday night.

"I would say it's about a 40 to 50 percent chance", he said with a chuckle.

Maia started competing in spelling bees in sixth grade, she said.

This is the first time Rajeev has made it to the Scripps National Spelling Bee but was the national championship victor at the Association of Christian Schools International spelling bee previous year.

The kindergarten student from Oklahoma told reporters that she hopes to invent a new kind of refrigerator.

"It feels good that I'm contributing to some of his success", she said. "We can go sightseeing and shopping".

The daughter of Shawn and Maura McKeegan, she became one of 291 youth competing in the national bee after winning the Jefferson-Harrison Regional Spelling Bee held in Brilliant in March.

"I didn't want to stand up there any more, so I just quit asking questions", Una said, admitting she is nervous. "I got that right, and the word I got in round three was illimitable, and I got that one right as well". She made it to the countywide finals, but never advanced to the national competition. "I just wanted to have fun here".