Finals of National Spelling Bee begin with 40 elite spellers


Fuller became the youngest competitor in Spelling Bee history on Wednesday, nailing the words "nyctinasty" and "tapas" in her two rounds.

Those who didn't misspell a word were then at the mercy of their score on a written spelling and vocabulary test that they took on Tuesday. Although the NY native misspelled two words leading up to his winning moment, his competitor misspelled a word as well.

As the finals of the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee are being held on Thursday, here's a chance to test your spelling prowess.

A Chesterfield student is getting an "A+" for her efforts at the 90th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee near Washington DC. Speller No. 278, as she is listed in the competition, tied for 22nd place in last year's Bee.

After succeeding with "syllabus" in the first round, Ghouse, a seventh-grader at the Kenosha School of Technology Enhanced Curriculum, left the competition on "McMansion", a large, modern house considered over-sized or unoriginal, after spelling it "macmansion". Both came into the bee with high expectations and were among the 15 spellers competing Thursday night for a trophy and more than $40,000 in cash and prizes.

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The first airing of the finals ends around 2 p.m., and the continuation, where the victor is announced, airs from 8:30-10:30 p.m. on ESPN.

The New Mexico Spelling Bee covers most of the state except for some southern cities that also compete with some west Texas schools. But her written test score didn't qualify for Thursday's finals.

No more than 50 spellers can advance to the finals. She spelled it correctly. One of this year's spellers included speller Edith Fuller, 6, who qualified for the competition in March at the age of 5.

"I've been sort of working on roots and stems and I have a program that gives me random words in sets of 150 so I was working through those", she added.