Lakewood girl finishes fourth in National Spelling Bee


Sylvie Lamontagne of Lakewood reacts after she misspelled her word in the finals of the 2016 National Spelling Bee on Thursday, May 26, 2016. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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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.

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