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National Spelling Bee Run Ends For Local Student

Kitty Shortt, 11, of Clinton, advanced to round four, but is not a finalist in the national competition in Maryland.



Kitty Shortt's journey ended Wednesday at the 2012 SCRIPPS National Spelling Bee hosted in Prince George's County, Maryland.

After the three preliminary rounds of competition, Shortt didn’t advance to the semifinals.

She spelled the word "escargot" correctly in round two and "leucoryx" correctly in round three.

The first round had students take a computerized spelling test with 50 words, of which only 25 would be scored. Then, in the two live rounds, each speller had two chances to test their skills in front of a crowd of 500 audience members. A correctly spelled word in this round earned the contestants three points.

Each contestant could earn up to 31 points. Once the preliminary rounds were over, spelling bee officials tallied and announced the results to the nervous children.

Shortt is a student at the .

The tension of the competition was sometimes diffused by the joviality
of young contestants, who broke the ice with the pronouncer by
greeting him with a “howdy” or asking, “may I have an easier word?"

The semifinalists competition begins May 31 at 10 a.m. at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Maryland.

Margaret Monty May 30, 2012 at 09:52 PM
So great to hear! Go Kitty!
Lisa Lindsay May 31, 2012 at 01:47 AM
WE'RE SO PROUD OF YOU KITTY!!!!!
Mary Jo Phelps May 31, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Great work Kitty - Congratulations!
Phil Williams May 31, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Excellent job Kitty - we are proud of you!
Bradford J. Sullivan May 31, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Congrats Kitty!
Peggy Sullivan May 31, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Great Job Kitty! We were all here cheering you on! We are so proud of you! Love, the Sullivans
Patti Cashman May 31, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Your family, friends, GIRL SCOUT LEADERS ;~) , and community, know you worked & studied very hard for this challenge. You won with us before you even left for the competition!! Be proud...we are!
C Williams May 31, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Hi Kitty its ur bffl Ella i luv u and im sooooooooooo proud of u!!!!! :)

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