Our 6th grade student, Siyona Mishra, an 11-year-old,who finished tied for ninth place Thursday in the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Maryland.
During the Finals, Siyona was given the word "haček," a word for the diacritical mark placed over a letter — as in the č in the word, itself — according to Merriam-Webster.
The Czech word haček, pronounced "ha-check," literally means "little hook."
Siyona incorrectly spelled it h-a-c-h-e-k, eliminating her from the spelling bee.
Still, the sixth-grader finished in the tournament's top 10, making it to the seventh round.
Other words Siyona did spell correctly before being eliminated include:
- emmetropia — normal eye vision, as opposed to myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness)
- procrypsis — camouflage, protective coloration in animals, such as chameleons
- chiliad — a group of 1,000
- megalopolis — a chain of multiple metropolitan areas