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Melodie Loya looks upward as she tries to spell a word during the Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hill Maryland U.S

He finished 17th in 1988 as an eighth-grader at University Heights Middle School in Riverside.

The Roddickton native won the provincial Telegram Spelling Bee in February, which earned her a berth in the prestigious competition in the U.S.

It also now has the distinction of being the word that cost a local boy a shot at being the 91st Scripps National Spelling Bee champion. But both he and Reagan, who correctly spelled "nectarivorous" in Round 2, were not among the 41 finalists based on their scores in the Round 1 test of spelling and vocabulary.

"I just try not to think about it", said Naysa Modi, a 12-year-old from Texas, competing in her fourth national bee, when asked about whether she might be a favourite to win this year.

The 14-year-old from McKinney, Texas, beat out 516 spellers this year, the highest number of competitors in the bee's decades-long history. And third-place finisher Abhijay Kodali lives in Flower Mound, another 40 miles west.

The bee had 519 spellers participating in rounds one and two, and 452 take part in round three. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) Aisha Randhawa, 12, from Corona, Calif., reacts to spelling a word correctly in the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, May 31, 2018.

Scripps' Spelling Bee additionally offers an interactive way to seemingly view the competition outside of ESPN.

"I'm just really happy", Nemmani said after his victory. And several had appeared at the national bee in previous years.

The Spelling Bee is not merely a memory test of exotic words as it also requires learning about the origins of words and the languages they are derived from. "I'm trying not to make that my standard", she said Wednesday. The prime time finals featured 11 students who had previously been to the national contest.

Nemmani out-spelled a record 515 contestants on his way to the Scripps Bee trophy.

It was her first trip to the competition, and she said she was taking it "one word at a time", focusing on each one she was assigned to spell.

Yet amid the bigger Bee, returning spellers continued their dominance, even though a first-time competitor won.

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