Amarillo's Zheng narrowly misses making National Spelling Bee finals

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An Edmond student has made it to the final rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

Faith Baca of Aurora, an eighth-grader at the Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning, successfully spelled "sempiternal", which means eternal and unchanging.

The bee opened Tuesday with 291 spellers, the largest field in its 90-year history.

After Gabrielle spelled similitude correctly, she pumped her fists, jumped off and hugged a friend who had yet to spell.

She competed in the second round of competition Wednesday morning. "I didn't want to get my hopes up", she said.

Propper is one of four Upstate New York champs to survive after spelling their first two words on stage today.

"She's doing far", he said.

All three Wisconsin competitors in the Scripps National Spelling Bee were eliminated during preliminary rounds Wednesday.

The bee is down to the final 15 contestants, and the victor will be decided at 8:30 tonight ET on ESPN. While a top 50 was expected, only 40 spellers scored higher than 29 points on the written test to advance.

In that round, Gabrielle had a brief conversation with the judge, according to National Spelling Bee blog.

The finals are scheduled to be on cable channel ESPN 2, channel 63 on the Oneonta Spectrum listings, starting at 10 a.m. "But after that it was just a really cool experience to be able to be on the stage for after watching the Bee for so many years".

Riley had advanced to the national contest as the victor of the 70th annual Regional Spelling Bee, which was co-sponsored by The Daily Progress and The News Virginian in March.

Brendan, who attends St. Lawrence School, in March won the Macomb Daily Regional Spelling Bee at Macomb Community College in Clinton Township.