Happy Thursday! Yesterday was the preliminary rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Round 2 began very early yesterday with 291 spellers. The round came from a 400-word list that spellers had been able to access in advance, so only 32 people misspelled. However, Round 3 was the first "offlist" round, and many more misspelled. After that, the finalists were announced. Between Tuesday and Wednesday, a speller had to accumulate 29 out of 36 points in order to qualify for today's finals, which begin in 35 minutes.
One thing that many found interesting yesterday was how uneven the word difficulty was in Round 3. Some spellers received words such as "mourning" or "corrosive"; however, some spellers received far harder words such as "mackinaw" or "parcity." Many feel that it would be better for Scripps to streamline the difficulty of these words instead of letting it fluctuate as much as it did.
Now that the 40 finalists have been announced, they compete for the trophy. Good luck to all the finalists--see you onstage in 33 minutes!