Scripps National Spelling Bee: 3 San Diego competitors eliminated

Posted at 7:54 AM, May 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-30 19:34:04-04

(KGTV) - The second full day of the Scripps National Spelling Bee was not kind to three participants from San Diego.

Pacific Trails Middle School student Kevin Luo, winner of San Diego’s countywide spelling bee, incorrectly spelled his word “reminiscence” in Wednesday morning’s round.

A few moments later, Ethan Anderson, who attends Calvin Christian School in Escondido, was eliminated after misspelling “rigor mortis.”

Mesa Verde Middle Schooler NingXin Sun correctly spelled her word “cajolery,” though did not score high enough on the written and oral exams to move forward into the Bee.

The finals begin on Thursday, with spellers competing to win the $40,000 first prize -- among other rewards.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is being streamed live online on WatchESPN.

The finals will air on ESPN2 and ESPN.