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Mountain Gap student eliminated in Scripps National Spelling Bee finals

Erin Howard (Source: Scripps National Spelling Bee) Erin Howard (Source: Scripps National Spelling Bee)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Huntsville student Erin Howard was eliminated in the final rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee Thursday night.

Erin was one of 15 finalist in the national tournament, which aired on ESPN. However, she misspelled "Klydonograph."

She made it to the championship round by correctly spelling three words in Thursday morning's finals.


Erin spelled 'alopecia' and 'sbrinz' correctly on Thursday to advance in the finals.

Erin got her first word right in Wednesday's Round 2 preliminary. She went on to spell "arraign" correctly during Round 3.

Erin is a sixth grade student at Mountain Gap School. She was named the Alabama State Spelling Bee Champion in Birmingham in 2016.

After nine difficult rounds, she succeeded in beating the competition by spelling the word "acadians."

Howard previously made it to the state level as a third grader three years prior to her victory. 

To learn more about the spelling bee, click here.

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