Karelyn Malliet spelled two words correctly.
But according to the Bee’s website, she didn’t score high enough overall to advance to the semi finals Thursday.
That’s because of her score from a heavily weighted spelling and vocabulary test. The test was added in 2013.
Just 46 of the 281 contestants will compete in Thursday’s semi finals.
OXON HILL, Md. – A Shawano girl continues her attempt at becoming the nation’s top speller.
Thirteen-year-old Karelyn Malliet made it through two rounds Wednesday in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Her words were graupel and rhabdomancy.
The first hurdle for Malliet was Tuesday’s vocabulary test. That was an added feature from last year.