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Eesha Sohail not among 46 spellers to advance

National Harbor, Md. - The Spelling Bee is on! 281 students aged 8 to 15 took the stage Wednesday.

They’re competing for a $30,000 cash prize and trophy as well as a $2,500 savings bond and $1,200 worth of reference material, including an online E-N-C-Y-C-L-O-P-E-D-I-A.

Eesha Sohail represented Kern County after winning the local competition in March. Sohail is from Norris Middle School. Read more about her journey here.

Sohail's first word was "tchotchke," meaning a small bauble or miscellaneous item. She spelled it correctly. Her second word was "gouda," like the cheese, and she nailed it.

Contestants must spell their word correctly to advance. Rules state at most 50 spellers will advance to Round Four, so preliminary tests were considered.

46 spellers advanced to Round Four, but Eesha was not among them.

See the preliminary test here.

More than 11 million students participated in the local bees that winnow out winners for the trip to the 87th annual Scripps-sponsored bee outside Washington, D.C.


The 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee takes place on May 27, 28 and 29 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
Preliminary rounds will air on ESPN3 at 8 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday. The semifinals will be broadcast on ESPN2 on Thursday at 10 a.m., and the championship finals will be broadcast live on ESPN on Thursday at 8 p.m.
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