Fairbanks speller out, Anchorage speller hangs on

Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2001

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Fairbanks speller was knocked out in the first round of the national spelling bee in Washington D.C., while an Anchorage speller remained in the game.

Coryn Pavelsky, a 12-year-old seventh-grader at Randy Smith Middle School in Fairbanks was stumped by the word ''minareted'' during the first day of the contest Tuesday in Washington D.C.

Jean Falconer, a 13-year-old seventh-grader at Hanshew Middle School in Anchorage had moved on to round three Wednesday. She correctly spelled the words ''vowelless,'' ''philippics'' and ''avuncular'' during the competition.

A total of 248 spellers began the 74th annual Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee, which started Tuesday. About 125 remained as of midday Wednesday.

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