Parker Strubhar of Piedmont, OK, at the National Spelling Bee
A few weeks ago we posted about Parker Strubhar, an eighth-grader at Piedmont Middle School in Piedmont, Oklahoma. Parker's claim to Oklahoma fame was his victory at the recent Central Oklahoma Spelling Bee, which qualified him for this week's Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
Parker started out the national competition in terrific fashion. Of the 275 competitiors who qualified, Parker was one of only 41 who advanced through the first three preliminary rounds. He performed well on the first round's written test. Then, in the second and third rounds, he correctly spelled orfevrerie and Meiji to qualify for the semifinals, which are happening today.
Sadly, Parker was eliminated in the fourth round this morning, falling victim to the word "staffage." But he did a great job representing his school and his home town, which was hit particularly hard in the recent tornadoes. Congratulations, Parker!