Kansas spelling champion and local eighth-grader Robbie Getz was still in the running this morning in the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
Getz survived the first round of the competition by correctly spelling "drudgery," a spelling bee spokesman said. Eight spellers were eliminated in that round, and the spellers were in the middle of the second round at noon.
This is the second consecutive year that Robbie has represented Kansas in the national competition, and he said he expected to perform better this year.
So far that has proved correct. Last year, Robbie was eliminated in the first round of the national bee when he had trouble with "nasturtium."
Robbie, who attends West Junior High School, is in Washington with his parents, Jon and Judy Getz, and his 12-year-old sister, Hilary. The spelling bee is to end Thursday.