Eight Wisconsin students spelled words correctly in the first spoken round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Tuesday to move onto the next stage of the competition.
Badger State Spelling Bee winners eighth-grader Hanna Ghouse, of Kenosha; fifth-grader Immanuel Goveas, of Menomonee Falls; and fourth-grader Maya Jadhav, of Madison, each took their turns at the microphone for the second round after completing the written first round in National Harbor, Maryland.
Five other spellers who did not participate in the Wisconsin State Journal-sponsored state bee also competed. They earned their spot at nationals using an entry test on the spelling bee website.
Jadhav spelled Difflugia, a genus of protozoans related to Amoeba.
Ghouse spelled roti, a round soft flat unleavened bread.
Goveas spelled contemporaneous, meaning of the same time period.
Eighth-grader Martius Bautista, of Fitchburg, spelled tympanum, a thin membrane covering the hearing organ of an insect. Bautista had won four consecutive All-City Spelling Bees in Madison but did not compete in the competition this year.
Eighth-grader Ryan Raether, of Thorp, spelled Ichabod, which is used to express regret for departed glory.
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Seventh-grader Kieran Mc- Kinney, of West Salem, spelled minyan, the quorum required for Jewish communal worship.
Sixth-grader Spencer Phillips, of McFarland, spelled grisaille, decoration in tones of a single color to produce a three-dimensional effect.
Eighth-grader Ronald Walters, of Onalaska, spelled ommateal, meaning having compound eyes.
The third round will begin Wednesday at 7 a.m. CDT and can be viewed on ESPN3. The first day of the finals will begin Thursday at 9 a.m. CDT and can be viewed on ESPN2. The end of the finals will begin at 7:30 p.m. CDT and can be viewed on ESPN.
The three were in the final portion of the daylong competition that winnowed the field of competitors from more than 500 spellers from around the country.
The winner to be decided on Friday will win a multitude of prizes, including $42,500, a complete reference library from Merriam-Webster, a replica of the 1768 Encyclopedia Britannica, a Pizza Hut pizza party for his or her school, and a trip to New York for him or her to appear on “Live with Kelly and Ryan” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
Spellers who advance to the fourth round receive a $500 gift card. Those who advance to the seventh round receive $2,000. The sixth place speller receives $2,500, the fifth $5,000, the fourth $5,000, the third $20,000 and the second $30,000.