Last year, 15 spellers advanced to that stage. But he was still good enough to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Karthik Nemmani, 14, from McKinney, Texas, holds the Scripps National Spelling Bee Championship Trophy with Scripps President and Chief Executive Officer Adam Symson after winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., May 31, 2018.
His opening came in Round 17 when Naysa Modi, 12, a seventh-grader from the neighboring suburb of Frisco, misplaced an s in "Bewusstseinslage" (defined as "a state of consciousness or a feeling devoid of sensory components").
Remmers, 12, was walking out of the hall Wednesday with her mom after misspelling the word "balaclava" when Aubrey Remmers' cellphone rang.
The victor receives $42,500 in cash, plus other prizes.
The 91st Scripps National Spelling Bee is slated to return to the National Harbor Convention Center in Maryland for its final round, where young children will recite a long roster of challenging words to become this year's champion Thursday.
Mattie is one of only four Canadians at the Scripps Bee, and this isn't her first time attending.
Along the way, he had to outlast a field of 16 finalists who vanquished words such as "Praxitelean", "ispaghul" and "telyn" - sometimes without batting an eyelash - in a breathtaking show of spelling skill broadcast live on ESPN.
Aisha was one of eight spellers left at the start of the 11th round and ended up tied for seventh place. He correctly spelled "hypochondria" and "plangent" in Rounds 2 and 3.
This year, 41 of the orginal 516 spellers made it to the first round of the the finals.