Anchorage speller knocked out of competition by ''tocsin''

Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2001

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Anchorage speller Jean Falconer was knocked out of competition in the national spelling bee Thursday by the word ''tocsin.''

A tocsin is a signal bell. And that's exactly what Falconer heard after her spelling error in the fourth round of the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.

Falconer, 13, is a seventh grader at Hanshew Middle School in Anchorage. In earlier rounds, she correctly spelled ''philippics,'' ''vowelless'' and ''avuncular.''

The other Alaska speller this year, Coryn Pavelsky, 12, of Randy Smith Middle School in Fairbanks, was eliminated in the first round Tuesday, defeated by the word ''minareted.''

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