UPDATE: Local Contestants Eliminated in National Spelling Bee

June 4, 2010


Ten spellers have advanced to the finals of the 83rd Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The spellers are all that remained from the 273 that began the week at the competition in Washington, D.C.

Forty-eight advanced to the semifinals Friday morning, and they were whittled down to the group that will compete for the winner's trophy Friday night.

Two of the three favorites failed to make it to the finals. Thirteen-year-old Tim Ruiter of Centreville, Va., was last year's runner-up, and 14-year-old Neetu Chandak of Seneca Falls, N.Y., finished eighth in 2009.

Waynesboro resident Sarah Allen was also eliminated in the semifinals, spelling the word "meperidine" incorrectly.


A girl from Waynesboro is headed to the semifinals of the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., on Friday. Sarah Allen is 12 years old. She is home schooled in Waynesboro.

Allen is one of 48 kids who will compete onstage in the semifinals starting Friday morning. The competition started on Wednesday with 273 students.

Andrew Taylor, 13, from Bridgewater was one of those competitors. Taylor will not be moving on to the semifinals.

The winner gets $40,000 worth of cash and prizes.

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