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Dakota Valley student advances in national spelling bee

It is an adjective.

Tanvi Rakesh, a fourth-grader at Longbranch Elementary in Florence, Kentucky, was eliminated from the national competition after she misspelled the word "appellation" giving the spelling "Appalachian". All the spellers she met have been "very nice and friendly", she said. He took the stage at the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday and passed his first test. Even if a competitor spells all the words correctly in the oral spelling section, like Martius did, they are not guaranteed to advance.

No matter. She got the word right and advanced to the finals of the competition.

The preliminary round of the national event was on Tuesday.

Kasey Torres, 12, from San Angelo was also competing in the spelling bee. He spelled ommatophore correctly in the second preliminary round to advance.

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The Spelling Bee continues Thursday, the final round taking place Thursday night. Alice Liu, 10, from Wild Horse Elementary School has made it to the finals which begin today. The victor will get cash and prizes totaling more than $43,000.

The first part of the finals were shown on ESPN2 earlier Thursday, with the final rounds airing from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. on ESPN.

Among those who didn't make the cut because of the test was 6-year-old Edith Fuller, the youngest speller in the history of the bee. This year, 138 females and 153 males competed.

For 6-year-old Edith Fuller, it was E-A-S-Y. The competition had a majority (34%) of 13-year-old spellers and (28.9%) of 14-year-old spellers.

This year's 291 spellers come from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Department of Defense Schools in Europe.

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