Wild Card Turns Tables at National Spelling Bee

Competitors exchange and sign each others" "Bee Keeper' books during the final day of the 91st Scripps National Spelling Bee at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center May 31, 2018 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Paluru made it to the final four when he misspelled the word "philonium" in round 16, spelling it "phelonium".

Karthik Nemmani, 14, from McKinney, Texas, holds the Scripps National Spelling Bee Championship Trophy with Scripps President and Chief Executive Officer Adam Symson after winning the annual competition in Oxon Hill, Md., on Thursday. He correctly spelled the noun detainer ("the withholding from the rightful owner of something that has lawfully come into the possession of the holder").

Using the top searched "how to spell" words of each state, Google compiled a map that shows which words have given people the most pause in the US.

"I'm just going to worry about it one round at a time, and use all the information that the pronouncer gives me", she said upon being named a finalist.

Naysa had to spell "bewusstseinslage", but mixed up the single and double "s" in the German-derived word. She'll be in eighth grade, which is the final school year that spellers are eligible.

It was the second finals for Padhy, who tied for seventh place a year ago.

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Karthik had met Naysa on the spelling stage before the Scripps Bee, though. Last year, she competed and tied for 189th place. The prime time finals featured 11 students who had previously been to the national contest. "I wouldn't say I expected it".

After her defeat, she was swarmed by dozens of current and former spellers who wished her well, smiling throughout.

Google Trends has a released a new map of "America's Most Misspelled Words", and the word that CT residents search for the most is "sincerely".

Delmarva had two local spellers make it as far as round three: Ava Camille Bautista from Wicomico Middle School and James Gordy from Somerset Intermediate School.

Raghav, 12, of Montpelier, competing with the best spellers in the country, correctly spelled perionychia (definition: "the tissue bordering the root and sides of the fingernail or toenail").

So this year, Scripps Howard created an "invitational" category that added 238 additional spellers to the national competition, bringing the total to a record-setting 516.


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