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Reston Student Jae Canetti Eliminated in National Spelling Bee Semi-Final

He has two more years of eligibility.

Jae Canetti, a student at Reston's Hunters Woods Elementary, at the National Spelling Bee; photo from ESPN via Twitter
Jae Canetti, a student at Reston's Hunters Woods Elementary, at the National Spelling Bee; photo from ESPN via Twitter
Thursday morning at the Scripps National Spelling Bee semi-finals at National Harbor, 46 kids took the stage one by one to spell words like "coffret" and "camembert."

One of them was Jae Canetti, 12, a 6th-grader at Reston's Hunters Woods Elementary. This is his third time at the spelling bee and his second time to make it to the semi-finals.

At about 12:30 p.m., Jae took to the stage and correctly spelled the word "Holi" a Hindu spring festival; unfortunately, he misspelled the word "parseval," a non-rigid airship.

He received a standing ovation on Thursday from his peers in the auditorium at National Harbor. Jae will still qualify for the spelling bee for the next two years. 





Diane Clifford May 30, 2014 at 01:51 PM
Congratulations, young man!!! The stress? Learning how to deal with that must have set you up very well for the future. We are seriously delighted with your work as a spelling bee champ and wish you ever so much luck in the future!

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