NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Although West Noble student Grant Flora spelled his second word on stage correctly Wednesday, he did not qualify to advance to the last day of the 92nd Scripps National Spelling Bee.
The final 100 contestants were chosen based on their spelling success on stage combined with the written spelling and vocabulary test.
He spelled “mauvette” correctly, which according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary means a pale purple that is redder and paler than average lavender, bluer and paler than phlox pink or wisteria, and bluer, lighter, and stronger than flossflower blue.
He took a written spelling test Monday, and competed against 565 competitors in the national contest. According to the round three results posted on the Scripps website, Flora competed against just 518 people this round. In his 23-minute session, 135 spellers were eliminated due to misspelled words.
The finals of the national spelling contest will be broadcast tonight on ESPN2.
Flora, who will be a freshman at West Noble High School this fall, won northeast Indiana’s regional spelling bee March 8 to qualify him for the Scripps contest.
He spelled the word “cuisinier” to win the regional spelling bee, defeating 14 other spellers from the region, including county winners from LaGrange, Steuben and DeKalb counties.