13 Hoosiers competed in Scripps National Spelling Bee

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WASHINGTON - No more spellers from Indiana were still in competition at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

Joseph Kirkpatrick, of Anderson, was eliminated when he spelled "ignimbrite" incorrectly.

Mary Skirvin, of Nashville, went out in the same round as Kirkpatrick when she misspelled "laureation."

Margaret Peterson, from northern Indiana, did not make it to the final round.

The semifinals began at 2 p.m. Thursday on ESPN2. It's also available to watch live on the ESPN website or the Watch ESPN app. The finals will air on ESPN at 8 p.m.

The other competitors from Indiana were:

  • Selena Qian, of Carmel
  • Aaron Michael Manning, of Evansville
  • Kaelyn Reigh Bender, of Fort Wayne
  • Cy Orentlicher, of Indianapolis
  • Minka Gill, of Kokomo
  • Ted Tobias, of Lafayette
  • Madison A. Jones, of Marion
  • Isaac R. McKee, of Muncie
  • Kimmie Collins, of Terre Haute
  • Sean K. Ives, of Wanatah

Skirvin said she worked with her mother daily to improve her spelling.

"I used to have a very, very poor grade in spelling, and I did not like that, so now I don't anymore," Skirvin said.

Skirvin wasn't sure how she would react when she hit the stage to spell before a live national television audience.

"I might feel like vomiting, but then it will be fun after I don't feel like vomiting anymore," Skirvin said.

Orentlicher was concerned certain words could trip him up.

"There are some words that just don't really make sense based on the language or origin and such," Orentlicher said. "Those words that are the exception to the rule, I wish they'd just ban those."

Qian said the biggest challenge was getting over the audience.

"I'm really excited and also a little bit nervous because it's on national TV," Qian said. "I want to make it to semifinals, but my parents and everyone are just like, 'Have fun and don't worry about the competition.'"

All the Indiana competitors spelled their first words correctly Wednesday morning, but Tobias did not make it through Round 3. He was eliminated after spelling "jicama" incorrectly.

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