updated: National spelling bee: Word for larvae of lamprey eels eliminates Ypsilanti girl
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A word for the larvae of a jawless fish eliminated 12-year-old Kavya Pratapa from the Scripps National Spelling Bee Thursday.
Kavya, of Ypsilanti, made it through Rounds 4 and 5 in the semifinals before "ammocoetes" tripped her up in Round 6 of the competition.
Ammocoetes are the larvae of lamprey eels.
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Kavya spelled "perleche," a disorder of the lips, correctly in Round 5.
The national spelling bee began Wednesday in Oxon Hill, Md. It is being broadcast live on ESPN.
There were 41 children in total who survived the preliminaries. The competition entered Round 5 around noon Thursday. Twenty-three children advanced to Round 6.
Kavya, a student at South Arbor Charter Academy, advanced to the semi-finals, which began at 10 a.m., and correctly spelled “pidan” to keep herself in the competition.
According to Wikipedia, a pidan is a silk cloth used in Cambodian weddings, funerals and Buddhist ceremonies as a canopy or tapestry.
During Wednesday’s preliminary competition, Kavya was asked to spell “efficacy” (defined as effectiveness) and “fissiparous” (defined as reproducing by fission).
Kavya is speller No. 127. View the results of the Scripps National Spelling Bee as they trickle in here.
The finals will be from 8 to 10 p.m. tonight on ESPN.