A 13-year-old from Seattle made it to Thursday’s semifinals of the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee, but was eliminated after misspelling the first word she was given.
Sophia Limacher, an 8th grader from Lakeside Middle School was among 42 youngsters who advanced to the semifinals. They had the highest scores after Wednesday's onstage rounds and a computer test that included a vocabulary section for the first time in bee history.
In the first round on Thursday (the 5th round overall), Sophia was given the word morosoph, which means "a learned fool." Sophia spelled it morisoph.
Trina Felizia-Alarkon Desquitado, 11, from Oak Harbor and Jonah Gunter, 14, from Leavenworth also represented Washington state this year, but were eliminated before the semifinal.
The finals are set for Thursday night starting at 5 p.m. PDT on ESPN. No more than 12 spellers will make it to the finals.
The winner will take home more than $30,000 in cash and prizes.