Entertainment

Ten tough words and the kids who spelled them at the Scripps Spelling Bee

We’ve always had serious respect for (read: been really jealous of) the tiny competitors of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. But this year those smarties had their work cut out for them.

Scripps introduced a vocabulary component of its annual Bee, which required competitors take a private vocabulary test before they began spelling. (RELATED: Spelling isn’t enough anymore for Bee contestants)

The competition wrapped up Thursday night, giving us a chance to look back on the tough words that stumped some of this year’s contestants.

Click an image below for larger version.
  • Mollie J. Symons of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, smiles after she correctly spelled the word "charpoy" in the round. (Photo: Getty Images/Alex Wong)
  • Dylan O'Connor of Alexandria Bay, N.Y., celebrates after he correctly spelled the word "acervation." (Photo: Getty Images/Alex Wong)
  • Mollie J. Symons of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, returns to her seat after she correctly spelled the word ombrology. (Photo: Getty Images/Alex Wong)
  • Sterling Hollond of Linwood, Kan., misspelled the word "febrility" and was eliminated from the competition. (Photo: Getty Images/Alex Wong)
  • Hannah Silvestro of Chino, Calif., misspelled the word "quadragenarian." (Photo: /Getty Images/Alex Wong)
  • Abram Mikhaeel Goda, left of Bridgeport, Conn., hi-fives with Himanvi Kopuri, right, of Denver, Colo., after he correctly spelled the word "nomenclative." (Photo: Getty Images/Alex Wong)
  • Rebecca Lisk of Caledonia, Ill., celebrates after she correctly spelled the word "brankursine." (Photo: Getty Images/Alex Wong)
  • Zerin Wetzel of Fort Irwin, Calif., misspelled the word "commissar" and was eliminated from the contest. (Photo: Getty Images/Alex Wong)
  • "Meiosis" stumped Eboseremhen Eigbe of Galloway, N.J. (Photo: Getty Images/Alex Wong)
  • Alexander Schembra of Lillington, N.C., couldn't work out "Beethovenian" in round three of the Bee. (Photo: Getty Images/Alex Wong)

Follow Lorena on Twitter