Two Colorado students advance to next round in National Spelling Bee

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01 June, 2017

But Ben says he's a little surprised that he'll be representing Colorado in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. this week.

Google published a graphic Tuesday of "America's most misspelled words", a state-by-state look at the most common word preceded in Google searches by the phrase "how to spell". Merriam Webster defines the word as "capable of being perceived, especially by the senses".

Spellers will return to the stage at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center later Wednesday.

After Rounds 3 and 3, the spellers are chosen for the Finals based on points accumulated. After claiming first place at the Badger State Spelling Bee in March, 13-year-old Bautista returns to the national forum for his third time.

At 6, Edith Fuller is the youngest speller to ever make it to the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Twelve-year-old Melodie, and her mother, Debbie Loya, both from Bainbridge, arrived at the Bee Sunday afternoon. Not everyone is happy about the latest change. "I don't think there should be vocabulary in it", said Jairam Hathwar, last year's co-champion. The principal waived the school uniform for a day and encouraged kids to dress like bees - yellow tops, black bottoms.

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"My main area of difficulty, personally, is French words".

Two states - West Virginia and CT - searched for the spelling of a word 20+ letters long.

Hanna called going to the Bee a "great opportunity" and had words of encouragement for anyone who's considering trying out: "I encourage you to do anything- even to pursue any of your dreams".

According to the Scripps web site, Ishreet "loves to spell, and she puts in a lot of work when she sits down to study".

Bringing together two states that could not be further apart on the political spectrum was "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious", as users in both West Virginia and CT users needed help deducing the nonsensical word popularized by the film "Mary Poppins". After turning in their test sheets, they streamed out of the ballroom where the bee is held and began frantically Googling the answers.


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