Oxon Hill, Md. (WOOD) — After an amazing run — making her way into the top 40 spellers — a Grand Haven eighth grader has been eliminated from the semifinals of the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Lily Mears, who attends Lakeshore Middle School, was the only Michigan student in the semifinals. She was eliminated on the word “schefflera,” finishing when there were just 34 of the best spellers in the country left in the competition.
The semifinals will go until there are only about 12 students. Those 12 students will compete in the finals which will air at 8 p.m. Thursday on ESPN.
The winner of the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee will receive $35,000 in cash and other prizes.
Mears had to score at least 29 points in the Preliminaries Test, correctly spell onstage during Rounds Two and Three of the Bee to qualify for the semifinals.
The Preliminaries Test contained 12 Round One spelling words, 12 Round One vocabulary question, a Round Two vocabulary question and a Round Three vocabulary question.
You can try your hand at the actual 2015 Preliminaries Test and see if you could have qualified for the semifinals by taking the test online.