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Speller from Western New York aces third round, but misses Scripps National Spelling Bee finals

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Posted at 3:37 AM, May 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-30 02:19:43-04

(WKBW) — A speller from Western New York aced the third round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday, but missed the cut for the finals.

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Emily Mike is an eighth-grader at Mount Morris Central School. She spelled "cuisinier" correctly during the second round Tuesday. The word is French for "cook." During the third round on Wednesday, she correctly spelled "bloodcurdling."

Despite her perfect spelling, Emily did not earn a spot in the finals. That's because the 50 finalists are determined based on rounds two and three, and a written test taken before the oral rounds.

The finals on Thursday will be broadcast on ESPN2 and ESPN.