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Iowans head to National Spelling Bee

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Grace Tsui Grace Tsui
Stefan Peng Stefan Peng

DUBUQUE (KWWL) - A pair of Iowans are competing in the 2010 Scripps Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.

Fifth grader Grace Tsui is a competitor from Dubuque, sponsored by the Telegraph Herald.  Tsui is 11 years old.  She goes to Eisenhower Elementary School.  Her favorite subject at school is spelling, and she wants to be a doctor or veterinarian.

Stefan Peng is a seventh grader at Miller Middle School in Marshalltown.  His best school subject is math, but he wants to pursue a career in science someday.

Tsui's first word of the day was logomachy, which she spelled correctly. Peng also spelled his word, hyperbole, correctly on Thursday morning. Both will be presented another word during Round Three on Thursday afternoon.

Thursday, all 273 spellers participate in Rounds Two and Three onstage between 7:00 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.

For each correct spelling offered by a speller in Rounds Two and Three, the speller earns three points that count toward the Preliminaries score. It is possible for a speller to earn up to 31 points in the Preliminaries: 25 points on the Round One test plus 3 points for a correct spelling in Round Two plus 3 points for a correct spelling in Round Three.

Immediately after the conclusion of Round Three, Bee officials determine Semifinalists on the basis of points earned in the Preliminaries. No more than 50 spellers will be named Semifinalists.

On Friday, semifinalists compete onstage between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.  In general, a speller is out of the competition once he misspells.

Championship Finalists compete onstage beginning at 7:00 p.m.

 

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