Watch a 6-year-old spell 'nyctinasty' at the National Spelling Bee

Hazel Gray
June 6, 2017

This year's contest is operating under a new set of rules created to prevent it from ending in a tie for the fourth year in a row.

The 10-year-old is among the youngest spellers at the national bee in Washington, D.C.

Eleven-year-old Shruthika Padhy of Cherry Hill, New Jersey has made it into the finals of Scripps National Spelling Bee. By Wednesday afternoon, the field had been trimmed to 40 finalists, who will go on to compete on Thursday.

According to Bill Chappell of NPR, this year's contest will include Edith Fuller, 5, who defeated many older competitors in a regional spelling bee in Tulsa, Okla.

IN spellers have won the bee three times, including twice in a five-year span, in 2004 and 2008.

The final round of the bee, which takes place at National Harbor, will be broadcast live on ESPN starting at 8:30 p.m.

Forty spellers sat on stage at the beginning of Thursday's final round. But neither garnered enough points on written tests to continue on to Thursday's final rounds. If there is a tie on the test, judges will declare co-champions.

Under the new rules, it's possible there could still be two - or even three - national champs.

The 90th national bee features spellers, ages 6 to 15, from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Department of Defense Schools in Europe. Eleven represent the Bahamas, Canada, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan and South Korea.

The spelling bee champion will receive more than $40,000 in cash and prizes, including a trip to NY to appear on "Live with Kelly and Ryan" and a trip to Hollywood to be a guest on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!".

Other reports by VgToday

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