Edna speller out of bee


June 3, 2010 at 1:03 a.m.
Updated June 4, 2010 at 1:04 a.m.

Pauline Negrete

Pauline Negrete

Pauline Negrete got through the word "Oracy" in her third round at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., on Thursday afternoon.

"Hello, again," Pauline, 11, said to the judges as she was on stage.

She spelled the word, which means the ability to express oneself and understand spoken language, correctly without hesitation.

The Edna Elementary school fourth-grader earned the maximum amount of points for rounds 2 and 3 on Thursday, but the points were not enough to advance her to Friday's semifinals.

Only 50 contestants advanced from the 273 based on their scores from all three rounds.

Wednesday's computerized spelling test during Round 1 was described as difficult.

"She only said it was hard," said Maria Negrete, Pauline's mother, said Wednesday.

Pauline also spelled her first word, "geognosy" (an archaic word which means a science dealing with parts of the Earth), correctly during Round 2 Thursday morning.

She was sponsored by the Victoria Advocate to attend the competition with her parents after winning a regional competition in March.

Pauline was not immediately available for comment.



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