Three Texas middle school students competed in the Scripps National Spelling Bee semifinals Thursday. Chetan Reddy, who tied for 22nd last year, and Syamantak Payra were among the 11 students in the finals.
Both were eliminated Thursday night in round 10, tying for seventh place.
These are the words that bested the semifinalists, first with their attempt and then with the correct spelling.
Chetan Reddy, Plano
noun: land crab common to swamps from the West Indies to southern Brazil
Syamantak Payra, Friendswood
noun: fictional character from a 20th-century Italian author’s children’s story
Shobha Dasari, Houston
noun: 17th century French dance, usually in quick duple time
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