For the first round, the students had an idea of the word they would be getting.
Macey Stancato, victor of The Vindicator's 84th Regional Spelling Bee, was eliminated Wednesday after incorrectly spelling the word "neurasthenic".
There was a bit of drama for Erin to advance, however.
Local speller Xuan Tran's journey to the National Spelling Bee came to an end Wednesday night after she did not qualify for today's final round. Eight of them performed perfectly in Wednesday's two oral rounds, but were eliminated by the bee's written test, which weeds out all but the top 40 competitors.
BAHAMAS National Spelling Bee Champion Jee'von Pratt arrived in Washington, DC, on Sunday ready for the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee that started yesterday and runs until tomorrow at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.
The finals continue with Round 4, according to the Scripps National website. Spellers need to score enough points during the written portion of the competition to reach the 29-point threshold to advance.
The 13-year-old from Catonsville, Maryland, made his first appearance during Barack Obama's first term as president.
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The bee opened Tuesday with 291 spellers, the largest field in its 90-year history.
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Only 40 students make it to the finals. Speller No. 278, as she is listed in the competition, tied for 22nd place in last year's Bee.
The victor - or winners - will take home $40,000 in cash, a trophy and other prizes.
Dale advanced to round three after correctly spelling "embroglio" earlier in the day during the second round.
Meanwhile, 6-year-old Edith Fuller of Tulsa, Okla., had to spell words just as hard as those everyone else faced in the national bee.