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How Did Maryland Students Fare in National Spelling Bee?

The first two live rounds at the national bee got under way Wednesday at National Harbor. Look for live coverage this week on ESPN channels.

Eleven Maryland students competed to bring the title from the Scripps National Spelling Bee home this week. File|Patch
Eleven Maryland students competed to bring the title from the Scripps National Spelling Bee home this week. File|Patch

Following Wednesday’s rounds at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, 257 words such as philhellenism, hoomalimali, and pfeffernuss have been correctly spelled and contestants will be moving on to round 3.

Unfortunately, none of Maryland's 11 competitors made it into Thursday's semifinals.

Words correctly spelled by the group included nattily, zyedeco and armamentarium.

Maryland’s 11 super-spellers who took part and their sponsors are:

According to a previous Patch story, students are competing from eight countries: the Bahamas, Canada, China, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, and the United States -- represented by students from the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Department of Defense Schools in Europe.

ESPN along with all of its sister channels is providing coverage of the Bee if you want to follow along.

The schedule is:

· Semifinals on Thursday, May 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. ESPN2 will broadcast the announcement of championship finalists immediately following the conclusion of Round Six (watch live; play along).

Championship Finals broadcast live on ESPN on Thursday, May 29 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. EDT (watch live; play along).

Here’s what the super-spellers are competing for:

  • From Scripps, a $30,000 cash prize and the Scripps National Spelling Bee engraved trophy

  • From Merriam-Webster, a $2,500 U.S. savings bond and a complete reference library

  • From Encyclopædia Britannica, $1,200 of reference works including the Britannica Global Edition, 1768 Encyclopædia Britannica Replica Set Deluxe Edition, 3-year membership to Britannica Online Premium and Britannica World Atlas

Henry Lefkowitz May 29, 2014 at 06:26 AM
The correct spelling is "zydeco," not "zyedeco." Please proofread your article. For an article about the spelling bee, there's no excuse for misspellings, especially when the words used are available, among other places, on the spelling bee's web site.
K. Savoy May 29, 2014 at 08:44 AM
Too bad it's also spelled pfeffernusse. Oh the irony!

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