Arkansas Boy Eliminated from National Spelling Bee

JUNE 1, 2006 - Posted at 7:40 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A boy from Arkansas has been eliminated from the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, a high-pressure competition for elementary and middle-school students.

Arkansas spelling champion McKinley Hudson is an eighth-grader from Parkers Chapel Junior High School in El Dorado and was representing the state in national competition, which also includes international competitors.

He handled "Gehenna, a Hebrew word for hell, and "topographize," meaning to map, before being eliminated.  He missed the word "opeidoscope," which describes a device used to graph sounds on a screen.

The competition continues today and the final rounds are scheduled tonight on ABC television.

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