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UPDATED: Wisconsin boy competes at national spelling bee

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Eighth-grader from Waunakee Parker Dietry started competing Tuesday, May 31 at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. The 14-year-old qualified by winning the state spelling bee in Madison two months ago.

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Dietry, who had been preparing for up to 30 hours a week, advanced to round 6 with 25 other spellers then called an incorrect spelling for the word "vitrifier."

He and 274 national contestants took a 25-word written test on Tuesday. It didn't eliminate anyone, but the spellers got a point for each correct answer. The eliminations began Wednesday, June 1, as two preliminary verbal rounds took place.

Survivors of the semifinal compete for the title on Thursday night. ESPN will show the semifinals and finals. More information about the rounds may be found at the spelling bee's web site: www.spellingbee.com.

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