Gwinnett teen eliminated during semifinals of national spelling bee

ATLANTA -- Georgia's top speller was eliminated from the national spelling bee Thursday, during the semi-final round. He spelled both words in the round correctly, gelid and vaporetto, but didn't score high enough on the test to advance to the finals.

Enterorrhagia, e-n-t-e-r-r-h-a-g-i-a -- was the winning word that sent 14-year-old Sumedh Garimella of Tucker to the national bee.

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"I might look at a word list, or study, or read the dictionary sometimes, there's many different ways," he said. This is the 6th time he's tried for the title, and he remembers every word that's tripped him up. "I remember what I got wrong, and learn from it," he said.

Garmiella's quest began on Tuesday. He was still in competition on Wednesday, successfully spelling spelunker.

Another Georgian contestant, Charles Li, of Augusta, successfully spelled oniomania. Li was eliminated before the semi-final spelling rounds.

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