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Sara-Beth moves on to semi-finals at Scripps

Published:Thursday | May 28, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Sara-Beth McPherson

Jamaica's Sara-Beth McPherson has advanced to the semi-finals in the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition in the United States, having yesterday correctly spelt her two words in the preliminary rounds, accurately answered the vocabulary questions, and passed the written exams.

The 13-year-old is among the 48 spellers who will appear in the semi-finals today, as the on-stage competition continues in the Maryland Ballroom at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.

Sara-Beth, who is speller number 87 of the 284 spellers from around the world, who competed this year, successfully spelt her first word 'p-e-t-u-n-i-a' in the on-stage preliminary rounds, followed by her second word, 'a-m-e-n-t-i-a'.

The Holy Childhood High student also correctly answered the vocabulary questions in both rounds two and three. She was asked 'What does symbiosis refer to?' and she answered 'the mutually beneficial relationship of two dissimilar organisms'.

In the next round she was asked 'Something in desuetude is' and she answered 'apparently abandoned'.

The semi finals will be aired live today on ESPN 2, followed by the finals tonight live on ESPN.