A new map from Google Trends shows what word each state searched for the most with the words "how to spell".
In Wednesday morning competition, Haris correctly spelled the word Keynesian, to advance to another round coming up this afternoon.
In today's day and age, most people have the autocorrect feature on their smart phones to thank for correctly spelling words.
The Shelton family squabbled via group text over who wins their family contest to pick Scripps National Spelling Bee winners.
Valerie Miller, spokeswoman for the Scripps National Spelling Bee, says that the competition begins each year in the classrooms. That did happen this year, though, in Wisconsin. Following the exam, the students will compete in an all-day competition of onstage spelling.
West Virginia and CT were showoffs with the longest misspelled words, both with "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" as their biggest spelling speed bump, while seven states - Oregon, Idaho, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Rhode Island - had their primary struggles with words that aren't even five letters long. In his free time, Leonardo plays with his sister and conducts science experiments in his lab. Leonardo participated in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2016, and this year he hopes to improve his final ranking.
This year is Muthusamy's last opportunity to claim the national title. But probably not, considering last year's winning words were "gesellschaft" and "Feldenkrais". If there is a tie on the test, judges will declare co-champions.
Tuesday was all about surviving the written test, perhaps the most nerve-wracking part of the bee. Competitors were asked to spell 12 words and identify the definitions of 14 more.
"You're going to do really good", Naysa said.