Spelling quest ends

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May 31, 2012 - 12:00 AM

WASHINGTON — Iolan Clara Wicoff, 14, ended her final bid at the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday afternoon.

Wicoff missed qualifying for the semi-final round by one point. She scored 22 points of the 23 necessary to become a semifinalist. Fifty of the 278 spellers qualified for this morning’s competition. 

When on stage, Wicoff correctly spelled “shuddering” and “fraise,” a decorative ruff worn around a woman’s neck in Elizabethan times.

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