Two Colorado students advance to next round in National Spelling Bee

Edith Fuller 6 of Tulsa Okla. center the youngest speller ever in the National Bee sits next to Marlene Schaff 14 of Lake Forest Ill. right as they wait to compete in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxo

Haris Rana, who attends Chaffin Jr. "We had a list to study".

Jake's word was deuteranopia, which is red-green color blindness.

Wednesday, Miller made it through three rounds of spelling.

Spellers who advanced to the final rounds were selected based on a combination of their score in the oral rounds, and on a written spelling and vocabulary test given to all students on Tuesday.

When asked to spell "hospitality", Propper requested the word's definition from pronouncer Jacques Bailly.

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Kasey Torres, 12, from San Angelo was also competing in the spelling bee. I thought I did pretty well.

At least 20 states have spellers in Thursday's final, but the Golden State may take the crown.

The correct spelling came after he got catafalque (an ornamental structure in funerals) correct in the morning round, which began with 40 spellers remaining in competition, all hoping to be among the finalists in Thursday's evening rounds.

Andrew said the preliminary written test was challenging. It's hard and it's stressful but its so good for these kids to get together and have this thing in common. The largest contingent of participants are 13 years old. Dad Brian Blackburn has been there before.

As part of the trip, the family has visited the National Cathedral, the Jefferson Memorial and Washington Nationals Stadium.

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"It was fun and interesting touring", he said.

Wearing a navy blue dress with a black bow in her wavy blond hair, Fuller said she planned to compete again next year "if I don't win this time".

"She (his coach) has been supportive of him. that has helped him a lot in getting here", Muralidharan said.

Jake had one advantage in the spelling bee in that he's a seasoned performer, with the lead role of Harold Hill in Garfield's production of "The Music Man".

The 90th annual national bee features 291 students, ranging in age from 6 to 15.

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