Insider’s Guide to the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee – Rounds 2 and 3

This morning, Round 2 of the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee commenced. Contestants had to spell words under incredibly bright lights, cameras from every angle, and, of course, tons of pressure. Not very many spellers missed their onstage word in this round. However, a few contestants did misspell their words and were eliminated from the competition.

Round 3 started with 279 out of 285 spellersThe Round 3 words increased in difficulty and many more contestants were eliminated in this round. At the end of Round 3, there were 214 spellers left.

I correctly spelled the word “regatta” in Round 2 and “ochlophobia” in Round 3.

After Round 3, the semifinalists were announced, however, my name was not called. I did not accrue enough points to proceed to the Semifinals. Even though I won’t be participating in the Semifinals,  I am looking forward to watching them tomorrow morning and cheering on the remaining 49 spellers. You can watch all the action on ESPN2 tomorrow morning. Go to for details.

After the Semifinals announcement, all of the spellers got an awesome surprise! Since Microsoft is a sponsor of the Scripps Spelling Bee, we all received a Microsoft Surface 3! Thank you Microsoft!!

After an exhausting day, I did an interview with WHAS-TV over Skype and now I’m really, really tired so I’m going to bed! Good night!


  1. Tara,
    We are so so proud of your achievement. But equally important is the beautiful young woman you are becoming. You are so poised, confident, kind, thoughtful, respectful…all the things any parent would want. We love you very much and we will always be there cheering for you! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your exciting journey!!

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