Conner Middle Schooler Still Spelling At National Bee
By Mike Perleberg(Hebron, Ky.) – After one day of countless consonants and vowels were uttered, a local student is still competing at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Olivia Kaiser is a 7th grader at Conner Middle School in Hebron. She is among a number of tri-state students competing in the national bee in Washington, D.C.
More than 280 contestants from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, four U.S. territories and seven foreign countries began the competition Wednesday.
During the second round of spelling on Wednesday, Kaiser – whose bib number is #186 – correctly spelled the words “chambray” and “charpoy” to advance to the third round.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a charpoy as “a bed used especially in India consisting of a frame strung with tapes or light rope.” Chambray is “a lightweight clothing fabric with colored warp and white filling yarns.”
The ultimate speller will be crowned Thursday night. The semi-finals, will air live on ESPN from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and the finals air from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. Eastern time.
— Tanya O'Rourke (@TanyaORourke) May 28, 2014