Iola teen’s spelling quest ends


June 2, 2011 - 12:00 AM

Clara Wicoff’s quest for the National Spelling Bee crown has ended.
Wicoff, who recently completed her seventh-grade year at Iola Middle School, was not among the 41 participants advancing to today’s semifinal round.
Wicoff was eliminated despite correctly spelling “misogynist” and “alchemy” in the bee’s second and third rounds. Participants also took a 25-word written spelling test.
The semifinal round ran through noon today. The finals will air tonight at 7:30 on ESPN.
Clara, 13, won the Sunflower State Spelling Bee on March 12, earning her second berth in the national competition. She also participated in 2009.
Clara is the daughter of Joel and Lisa Wicoff of Iola.

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