A Central Illinois teenager will not get a chance to compete in the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday evening.
Thirteen year-old Yasir Hasnain of Forsyth competed in the semifinals of the bee on Thursday morning in Washington D.C. He spelled both of his words correctly but did not score well enough on a test to be included in the group of 12 finalists.
The state of Illinois will still be represented in the finals, though. Fourteen year-old Alia Abiad of Western Springs is among the finalists. The finals air Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
Hasnain's semifinal words:
funambulist, defined by Merriam-Webster as "tightrope walking, a show especially of mental agility"
hermeneutics, defined by Merriam-Webster as "the study of the methodological principles of interpretation (as of the Bible), a method or principle of interpretation"