Dallas duel: Wild card turns tables at National Spelling Bee

Melodie Loya looks upward as she tries to spell a word during the Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hill Maryland U.S

Melodie Loya looks upward as she tries to spell a word during the Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hill Maryland U.S

Aisha, a 12-year-old seventh-grader at Auburndale Intermediate School in Corona, misspelled perduellion, using just one l.

Karthik Nemmani, 14, of McKinney, Texas won the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee Thursday.

If a young spelling aficionado recited all words presented their way correctly in Round 2 and Round 3, they made it into Thursday's Finals.

"I would probably run myself into the ground doing this, because I just love doing it", he said.

"Winning might be hard, but I guess I could give it a try", he said.

The 16 remaining spellers in the Scripps National Spelling Bee are back on stage and ready to continue spelling until a champion emerges.

The field was expanded to 515 spellers to accommodate the wild cards - there had never been more than 300 competitors previously - and four of the 16 prime-time finalists got in through the new program, known as "RSVBee". "It's been a great experience, spelling, and meeting a lot of brilliant people".

Reagan took second in the state contest, but she and Karrissa were invited to the national bee as part of a new Scripps Howard initiative created to "level the playing field, " Bee spokesperson Valerie Miller told USA Today.

While it's true that not everyone has cable access to watch the competing spellers, there is a way around this.

The third through sixth places went to Abhijay Kodali, Jashun Paluru, Navneeth Murali and Sravanth Malla.

Another Indian-American, Atman Balakrishnan, the 12-year-old son of 1985 champion Balu Natarajan, did not advance to the finals.

"I already studied this morning", Atman said Thursday morning. Each speller stood in front of the microphone and saw the bright lights at least once as the Bee trimmed its massive pool Tuesday and Wednesday.

Simone qualified for the national bee by winning the Miami Herald's annual competition.

She said she struggled with the "ae" because that's not normally seen in German. The prime time finals featured 11 students who had previously been to the national contest. "When I heard it".

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