Winston Zuo competes in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, May 31, 2017.
There was no "ding", the sound of a bell signifying a misspelling and the end to his second consecutive trip to the national Bee.
Naysa Modi, 11, of Monroe, La., left, and Ashrita Gandhari, 10, of North Andover, Mass., react as they and other finalists in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee watch an opening video featuring past bee participants in.
Among the contestants is 6-year-old Edith Fuller, the youngest person ever to qualify for the national bee.
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This is the day that all 291 spellers get an opportunity to spell on stage, and those who miss will hear the dreaded bell signaling elimination.
Those 188 remaining competitors will be narrowed down to just 50 based on the results of a written test given Tuesday.
Presented by Kindle, the Bee is broadcast live on ESPN and its sister channels.
Iyer, who won the San Antonio Express-News' Regional Spelling Bee in February, nailed the words "salicylism" - a condition caused by excessive salicylic acid - and "tulsi" - a type of basil - in the fourth and fifth rounds Thursday morning.
Final rounds Thursday will culminate with the championship round at 8:30 p.m.