Solana Beach middle schooler advances to the third-round of national spelling bee

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – May 27, 2015: Solana Beach middle schooler advanced to the third-round of the 88th Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Maryland.

Oona Mary Nikko Flood advances to the third round with the correct spelling of the word geoponics. The third-round will be held later Wednesday at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.

If Flood spells her third-round word correctly she could be among the 50 spellers(max) who advance to Thursday’s semifinals – if she scored high enough on the multiple-choice spelling and vocabulary test taken Tuesday. A misspelling in the third round will eliminate her from the competition.

The semifinalists will be announced after the conclusion of the third round.

Geoponics is a noun meaning an art or science of cultivating the earth.

May 26, 2015: The 88th Scripps National Spelling Bee will have a San Diego competitor this year, as an Earl Warren Middle School eighth-grade student will be taking part in the event Tuesday. 14-year-old Oona Flood will, along with 284 other spellers, begin the first round of the spelling bee, which consists of a 26-question spelling and vocabulary test. Each speller will then attempt to correctly spell two words on stage Wednesday to try and become one of the maximum of 50 kids selected to move on to the semifinals on Thursday.

Flood won her spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee by winning the U-T San Diego County Spelling Bee back in March. Her winning word, fuliginous, is a Latin word meaning "having the color of soot".

She would be the third San Diego student to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee, joining Anurag Kashyap in 2005 and Snigdha Nandipati in 2012.

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