06 June, 2017
Haven's time at the bee ended quickly.
Edith was only 5 when she qualified for the National Spelling Bee by winning the Green Country Regional Spelling Bee in Oklahoma in March.
After opening with 291 spellers, the largest field in its 90-year history, the Scripps National Spelling Bee will wrap up Thursday, as 40 finalists will compete for the national championship and a $40,000 prize.
The spellers had a chance to gain six points from two oral rounds Wednesday, which would be added to up to 30 points earned from written tests taken Tuesday. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that one of the words she had to spell correctly was "nasopharynx".
Along with $40,000, the champion receives many awards like a Scripps National Spelling Bee engraved trophy, a $2,500 USA savings bond, a complete reference library from Merriam-Webster, and a trip to New York City to appear on LIVE with Kelly and Ryan.
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Edith Fuller, 6, from Tulsa, Okla., waits to spell her word in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Wednesday, May 31, 2017.
Without a doubt, spellers master language better than many of us.
All finalists still left standing Thursday evening will be given a tiebreaker written test with 12 words and 12 vocabulary questions. Muthusamy tied for 22th place a year ago and Singh was the youngest speller in the 2013 competition.
The Scripps National Spelling Bee is marking its 90th anniversary.
The finals will air in two parts: The first part will air on ESPN2 from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m., and the second part will air on ESPN from 8:30 p.m.to 10:30 p.m.