The National Spelling Bee semifinals got underway this morning, and although the 6-year-old girl from Woodbridge was eliminated last night, one young man from Fairfax did make the cut.
Jae Canetti, 10, is advancing to the semi-finals. He jumped up and down with excitement when he heard the news.
"I did not expect to be one of the top 50 in the world! " he says.
And he beat out more than 200 competitors from across the country to earn a spot as one of the top 50 spellers in the Bee.
For 6-year-old Lori Anne Madison of Woodbridge, the youngest to compete in the Spelling Bee's 85-year history, her winning streak in the Bee ended with a word that's for the birds — ingluvies. It literally means the crop of a bird or an insect.
The $300,000 grand prize will be announced this evening.