Randolph Middle student qualifies for Scripps spelling bee finals

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Fuller turned 6 last month, making her a few months younger than the previous record-setter, Akash Vukoti, who competed past year. How about "gesellschaft", a special kind of community?

Andrew earned a spot at the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee after winning the Tri-County Spelling Bee.

After making the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday, local competitor Melodie Loya said, "It's a little nerve-wracking but you get used to it". If two or three spellers remain on stage at the end of 25 rounds, the speller with the highest score on the tiebreaker test will be declared the national champion.

The bee's 6-to-15-year-old contestants include spellebrity Edith Fuller. The Oklahoma native recently turned 6 and is younger than any speller in the bee's history.

Final rounds, expected to begin at 8:30 p.m. EDT (0030 GMT Friday), will be televised live on ESPN.

The national bee weeded out the field to the truly elite spellers during Wednesday's grueling preliminary rounds.

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Yash said he started competing in spelling bees after watching his sister, Samruddhi, compete. Muthusamy tied for 22th place a year ago and Singh was the youngest speller in the 2013 competition.

"We homeschool and we also don't do a lot of organized sports because they take up a lot of time", said Doudna's mother, Heidi Doudna, when asked about the source of her children's spelling success.

The New Carlisle, Indiana, native says the competition itself is great, but it is the memories offstage that she will cherish. But Edith didn't qualify for the finals after a written test and won't be seen on stage Thursday.

ABC Buffalo reports that Fuller, who correctly spelled the words "nyctinasty" and "tapas" onstage in National Harbor, Maryland, was disqualified from the finals due to her performance on a written test.

The victor - or winners - will take home $40,000 in cash, a trophy and other prizes.

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