Alabama’s Only Spelling Bee Competitor Eliminated

Alabama's Only Spelling Bee Competitor Eliminated (Image 1)

Auburn’s remarkable seventh-grade speller Victor Sutton was eliminated Thursday at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.  

Sutton was the first student to spell in Thursday’s semifinalist round, but misspelled diamanté.  Sutton spelled the French word incorrectly as “diamontee.”

According to the Free Dictionary, diamanté is a noun defined as either:

1. A small, glittering ornament, such as a rhinestone or a sequin, applied to fabric or a garment.

2. Fabric that has been covered with many of these ornaments.

Sutton had nailed two challenging words — etymology and cryptoporticus — in Wednesday’s round to advance.

Sutton, just 12-years-old from Drake Middle School in Auburn, won the Alabama State Spelling Bee.  He was the only competitor representing Alabama in this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee. 

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