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Antioch 8th Grader Out Of National Spelling Bee

Antioch 8th Grader Out Of National Spelling Bee

CREATED May 29, 2014
WASHINGTON – The word "nitid" ended an Antioch 13-year-old's attempt to make it to the final round of Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington.

Benjamin Kulas had hoped to become one 12 finalists in the 87th annual competition, but incorrectly spelled the word "nitted" in the 5th round. It means bright with a steady but subdued shining.

The home-schooled 8th grader was one of 46 competitors who advanced to the semi-finals Thursday following Wednesday's preliminary rounds. There were 281 students who took part in those.

The home-schooled 8th grader had spelled two words correctly, conquistador and recamier, to move on to the semi-finals.

It was Kulas’ second trip to the National Spelling Bee; in 2011, he tied for 42nd place after winning the regional spelling bee at Belmont University at age 9.

The finals take place Thursday night. The winner will receive more than $33,000 in cash and prizes.