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Mountain Gap student finishes in top 10 at Scripps National Spelling Bee

On Wednesday, Erin Howard spelled the word quadrupedal right. On Wednesday, Erin Howard spelled the word quadrupedal right.
Erin Howard (Source: Huntsville City Schools) Erin Howard (Source: Huntsville City Schools)
Erin Howard completed the oral round at the Scripps National Spelling Bee on May 29, 2018. (Source: Adrienne Howard) Erin Howard completed the oral round at the Scripps National Spelling Bee on May 29, 2018. (Source: Adrienne Howard)
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WAFF) -

Although Huntsville student Erin Howard didn't win the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee, she did place in the top 10.

The 13-year-old finished in ninth place. After three days of written and oral quizzes, she was eliminated when she misspelled "funest" during Thursday night's finals.

She will still go home with $2,000 in prize money.

Erin, a seventh-grader at Mountain Gap School, made it to the finals when she correctly spelled "quadrupedal" on Wednesday.

She was one of two Alabama students in the final round.


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This was Erin's third trip to Scripps. She tied for seventh place in Scripps last year and tied for 22nd place in 2016.

Erin won the Madison County and Alabama Spelling Bee in 2016, 2017 and 2018. She made her first trip to the state spelling bee was when she was in the third grade.

As the winner of the Alabama Spelling Bee, Erin Howard received an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete.

In a news release from Huntsville City Schools, Mountain Gap Principal Heather Bardwell said she was thrilled for Erin.

The school system's release stated that Erin said making it to the finals last year was a “crazy experience” she will never forget.  She said the only way to improve this year is to win, which is “very hard to do,” but she will continue to try her best and see what happens.

Erin created a viral moment onstage at last year's national competition when she made a request “to give me a word I know right now,” to which the spelling bee pronouncer replied, “I’m trying.” When she called out the word, “apparentement,” Erin responded by asking, “Did you misunderstand my request?”  Erin went on to correctly spell the word and advance in the competition.

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