NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Eighth-grader Sylvie Lamontagne of Lakewood finished fourth in the National Spelling Bee on Thursday night, the second year in a row she placed in the top nine.
Sylvie, who attends Creighton Middle School and finished in a tie for ninth last year, correctly spelled "ekka," "kakiemon" and "shubunkin."
After making the final four, she was eliminated after she incorrectly spelled "chaoborine."
“When I first saw the word I knew that I hadn’t seen it before, and so I just said, 'OK, I’m going to try to figure this out,'” Sylvie said on ESPN's broadcast of the bee.
The bee ended in a tie for the third straight year with Jairam Hathwar and Nihar Janga being declared co-champions.