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Local spellers knocked out of national bee

Published: Thursday, May 29, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

The Sauk Valley’s two representatives in the Scripps National Spelling Bee were unable to spell their way into the semifinals Wednesday in National Harbor, Maryland.

Anna Ackerman Snider, a 14-year-old eighth-grader at Forreston Junior High School, navigated the preliminiaries test, then correctly spelled “pizzicato” to make round 3. But her path to the semifinals was blocked by “ennui.”

Audrey Melton, a 14-year-old eighth-grader at St. Andrew School in Rock Falls, was undone early Wednesday morning by “philately.”

The field of 281 entrants was whittled down to 46 who will compete in the semifinals this morning, leading up to tonight’s championship finals.

Melton’s participation in the prestigious event was sponsored by the Daily Gazette, while Snider was sponsored by the Telegraph.

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