Noble County Speller Out Of National Bee (VIDEO)

By Eric Dutkiewicz

Credit: Scripps National Spelling Bee

Kaelyn Bender, 14, of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic School in Avilla.

May 30, 2013 Updated Dec 2, 2013 at 4:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (www.incnow.tv) - A Noble County student was eliminated Wednesday from the Scripps National Spelling Bee in the Nation's Capital.

Kaelyn Bender, 14, of Avilla, correctly spelled two words in the on-stage rounds, but did not have enough points in the preliminary written test to advance to the semi-finals.

Kaelyn correctly spelled "hollandaise" and "dynagraph." Her written score was not made public.

The semi-finals consists of spellers who scored at least 32 points on the written exam.

Of the 281 students who participated in the national spelling bee, only 41 advanced to the semi-finals.

Kaelyn, an eighth-grader at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic School in Avilla, represented Northeast Indiana as The Journal Gazette Regional Spelling Bee Champion. She also competed in the 2012 national spelling bee, according to her online biography.

Kailyn is a member of 4-H, and raises livestock on a cattle farm.

Of the 41 semi-finalists, 3 are from Indiana: Joseph Kirkpatrick, Anderson; Mary Skirvin, Nashville; and Margaret Flaherty Peterson, Granger.

From an international standpoint, only two semi-finalists come from outside the United States.

The national semi-finals begin at 2 p.m. Thursday. Finals are scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday.

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