Canadian Laura Newcombe places second in Scripps Spelling Bee
In the end, it was a Greek word meaning a type of argument that eliminated Canadian word whiz Laura Newcombe from the prestigious Scripps National Spelling Bee late Thursday.
The 12-year-old three-time Canadian national spelling champion mistakenly spelled the word “sorites” with a silent “p.” When she heard the ding of the judges’ bell, the bespectacled eighth-grader’s face dropped.
“I’m happy but a bit sad I didn’t get the word,” said the diplomatic spelling veteran.
In the end, 14-year-old Sukanya Roy of Pennsylvania took home more than $40,000 in cash and education prizes after spelling the winning word, cymotrichous, which means wavy hair. (Photo: Molly Riley/Reuters)