Forestview Middle School eighth-grader Audrey Lothspeich Wednesday made it past Round 3 in the 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., but she didn't make the cut as a semifinalist.
Audrey, 14, advanced to the national competition after winning the Brainerd School District spelling bee in January and The Lakes Bee in February.
Audrey, the daughter of Dennis Lothspeich and Patricia Gimbel of Brainerd, spelled "perishable" correctly in Round 2 and "tintinnabulation" correctly in Round 3.
In Round 1 on Tuesday, the 293 participants had to spell 50 words using a computer keyboard. According to the Scripps National Spelling Bee Web site, only 25 of the 50 spellings would count toward each speller's score. In Rounds 2 and 3 Wednesday, each speller had to spell one word.
Forestview eighth-grader Audrey Lothspeich didn't make the cut as a semifinalist in the National Spelling Bee.
It was possible for a speller to earn up to 31 points in the preliminaries: 25 points on the Round 1 test, plus three points for a correct spelling in Round 2 and 3 points for a correct spelling in Round 3.
After the conclusion of Round 3, bee officials determined the semifinalists on the basis of points earned through the first three rounds. Forty-one were named semifinalists.
The semifinal and championship rounds will be Thursday.
Reached by telephone late Wednesday afternoon in Washington, D.C., just minutes after they learned Audrey did not qualify as a semifinalist, Audrey declined to comment and her parents said they were proud of their daughter and her accomplishment.
JENNIFER STOCKINGER may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 855-5851.
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