Round 5 begins with 35 spellers.
Unfortunately, the first speller of the round, Snigdha Nandipati misspelled her word kerystic after substituting an ‘i’ for the ‘y’. Again Laura and Veronica cruised through their words theopneustic and arbustum, with Veronica taking her time as usual to ensure that she gets the word right.
David Phan displayed his jocosity as he jestingly asked for further information, including the spelling of his word, pritchel. In the end, he is triumphant.
Pranav Sivakumar from Illinois missed capilliculture. His very close spelling was capiliculture – he spelled the word with only one ‘l.’ A tricky word, but he can compete for another two years.
Gina Solomito, a third timer, misspelled selion, a challenging word for those who are unfamiliar with it. This short word can be perceived as difficult because of its many trouble spots, which tripped up Gina. She spelled it as cellien. She has another year of eligibility left, so we may see her again next year.
Something very unusual in the bee’s history occurred! Hanif Brown Jr. walked up to the microphone to receive the word nataka. He took his time and asked questions, but he contemplated for too long. The Bee has a time limit of 2 ½ minutes, which Hanif exceeded. Mrs. Brooks reminded Hanif twic e – once with 34 second remaining and then again when only 10 seconds were remaining, but Hanif continued to take his time. It was heartbreaking to see him disqualified after he correctly spelled the word after the final timer rang.
An unorthodox French word, arrondi, tripped up Surabhi Iyer. I am sure we will see her again in the next two years, as she is only a sixth grader.
Siddharth Varanasi tackled phleboclysis and Anja Beth Swoap returned to her seat victoriously after spelling aretalogy. Jenny Solheim, whose mother participated in the 1972 and 1974 Scripps National Spelling Bees, correctly spelled interamnian, a Latin word which means ‘situated between rivers.’ Dakota Jones smiled in his seat after spelling French word espadon.
Sriram correctly identified a root in desmachyme and proceeded to accurately spell the word. Arvind Mahankali provided an incorrect root for palynology, but it seems he knew the word as he rapidly spurted out the correct spelling.
The word syringadenous, given to Tony Incorvati from Ohio, took me on a trip down memory lane. In 2006, my first year of participation, this very word was given to Theodore Yuan, who missed this word, spelling it similary to the way Tony incorrectly spelled it.
Nicholas Rushlow appeared to be unsure of the word tersanctus. Fortunately, the word’s meaning reveals the Latin root elements and Nicholas triumphantly returned to his seat, to the great relief of his parents.
Joanna Ye confidently spelled pinetum and Anahita Iyer wasted no time tackling thurifer.
Chetan Reddy of Dallas, Texas missed seudah. The tricky ‘eu’ combination tripped him up as he spelled it sudah.
Samuel Estep threw out an accurate guess for brisance and Parker Dietry ended the round strong after confidently spelling couverte.
Another slow round as this year’s strong contenders tackled the words thrown at them. After two rounds of semi-finals, only 15 have misspelled, nine of them in Round 5. Round 6 will begin with 26 spellers.