Bednarcik Student Just Misses National Spelling Bee Semifinals
May 27, 2015 10:29PM ● Published by Steven Jack
Aditya Nadkarn gave it his best shot at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. this week. (Photo by Mark Bowen/Scripps National Spelling Bee)
After cruising through the first two-and-a-half rounds, Aditya was tripped up on a vocabulary question needed to advance.
Aditya spelled both the words "azure" and "verisimilitude"correctly in rounds two and three, but could not provide the definition of the word "desuetude" during the vocabulary portion of the third round.
Nadkarni advanced to the National Spelling Bee after edging out 20 other students from both public and private schools to win first place at the Grundy/Kendall Regional Office of Education Spelling Bee in February.
Nadkarni placed first, just ahead of Cameron Cimino of Minooka Junior High School, after spelling more than 200 words correctly during 33 rounds of competition.
The finals of the National Spelling Bee will take place Thursday and will be televised on ESPN starting at 7 p.m.