McNeal Elementary fourth-grader Anissa Murgo made it into the third round today as she competed in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. but she didn’t make the semi-finals.
The word Anissa missed: cytolysis. She spelled it “cytolosis.”
“She was really upset at first,” Anissa’s mother Loubna Assarig said. “But I explained to her, this is her first time here. She just turned 10 years old.”
Only a few other 10-year-olds earned the right to compete at the National Spelling Bee.
Anissa surpassed rounds one and two. Round one involved a written test where students were asked to spell words correctly. Each correctly spelled word adds one point to the student’s score. In round two, Anissa spelled the word “mercerize” correctly giving her additional points.
Bee organizers said she could have still made the list of semi-finalists had she earned enough points. But she didn’t. The competition was too fierce.
“I saw all the great spellers in the country,” she said.
Assarig said her daughter was “still under the adrenalin of the whole experience.”
Anissa was sponsored by Bradenton’s Coastal Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. Assarig said she was humbled by the company’s generosity.
“I really want to thank our sponsor Coastal Orthopedics and Sports Medicine,” Assarig said. “I would not have been able to afford this.”
There were 275 students who came to Washington, D.C. for the spelling bee. About 50 semi-finalists were named this evening.
Anissa’s teacher Martha Nieves has been watching the results to check on the progress of her student.
“She is an overachiever,” Nieves said. “She is always going beyond what I ask her to do.”
Anissa won Manatee County’s spelling bee in March. She was only 9-years-old then.