Thursday, May 30, 2013

Can You Spell P-R-E-S-S-U-R-E?

Posted By on Thu, May 30, 2013 at 9:44 AM

They're two of Idaho's best and brightest, representing the Gem State this week at the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

13-year-old Erin Sellers, an eighth grader from Weippe did very well in the May 29 preliminary rounds, correctly spelling paradigm and flooey.

Erin has a bit of a spelling bee superstition; she says she always eats eggs for breakfast on the morning of a competition.

14-year-old Tricia McCullough, an eighth grader from Coeur d'Alene, struggled with a really difficult one: weissnichtwo (it means an imaginary place). McCullough spelled it with just one "s."

By the way, every speller has to first pass a difficult preliminaries test, which asks the competitors to correctly spell the following: aurochs, chortle, duplicitous, epideictic, Lisztian, morel, netizen, Ouagadougou, plutonomy, romanticism, twinge and virucide.

There are 281 children from across the country competing in this year's spelling bee.

The semifinals are being televised this afternoon on ESPN2 and the finals will be televised on ESPN tonight.

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