WASHINGTON, D.C. – Three Idaho students were in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to compete at the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Jaren Rose, a seventh-grader from Vera O'Leary Junior High School in Twin Falls, correctly spelled "buccaneer" in the second round but was eliminated in the third round after misspelling "geelhout" (gill-howt), a type of African tree.
McKenna Noland, a sixth-grader from Asotin Junior-Senior High School in Lewiston, correctly spelled "catkin," a type of flower, in the second round, but misspelled "phthalein" (thay-lee-in) in the third round.
Kendall Foster, a seventh-grader from Canfield Middle School in Coeur d'Alene, fared well on the first day of competition, correctly spelling "vendetta" and "asthenia" (as-then-nee-uh) in the second and third rounds respectively. However, Kendall was eliminated from the competition.
Only 50 spellers can move on to the semifinal round. Those who have made it through the third round unscathed are plotted on a chart according to the number of points scored in the preliminary rounds.
In all, 285 students from around the country started the competition.
The winner will receive over $35,000 in cash and prizes.