He spelled everything right, but Minnesota's Max is out of National Spelling Bee


The good news is that Minnesota's Maxwell Meyer correctly spelled every word he was given in the 88th Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The bad news: That wasn't enough to get him into the finals.

Despite spelling both words right before the cameras on semifinals day, the Minnetonka Middle School East 13-year-old didn't make it into the top 10.

WCCO reports that this is because, for the first time, the Bee ranked spellers based on their performances in two multiple-choice spelling and vocabulary tests, which according to the Los Angeles Daily News were taken by contestants on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Maxwell had no trouble with his first word of the day, the Star Tribune notes, spelling "colcha," a wool-embroidered coverlet from Mexico, with ease.

His second word was tougher, but after a brief pause he correctly spelled "railleur," a word of French origin to mean "one given to good-natured ridicule."

Earlier in the competition, Max had correctly spelled "oolong" and "troglobiont."

It will mean there will be no Minnesotan representation in the final, after the state's only other semifinalist Christine Farnberg, from the Holy Spirit School in Rochester, slipped up on her first word of the day, "Syrette," a device that injects fluid through a needle.

She guessed "siret" – though in yesterday's rounds she correctly spelled "kuruma" and "budgerigar."

Eliminated in earlier rounds were Briana Joseph from St. John Vianney School in Fairmont, Cade Klimek from Chisholm High School, and Ammy Lin from Forestview Middle School in Baxter.

The nation's best young spellers are competing for more than $37,000 in cash and prizes.

Next Up


DirecTV subscribers could lose KARE 11 on Tuesday

A new contract needs to be agreed upon by 6 p.m. Tuesday.

prison, Rush City cell block

Inmate from Rush City prison dies after COVID-19 diagnosis

The man is the fifth incarcerated person in Minnesota to die from COVID-19.


Belle Plaine man dies after duck boat capsizes on lake

One man was found sitting on the overturned boat while another man was in the water.

Screen Shot 2020-11-29 at 4.59.51 PM

Watch: Adam Thielen watches end of Vikings/Panthers just like all of us

The Vikings receiver looked like a true fan on Sunday afternoon.

Chad Beebe

Chad Beebe's roller-coaster fourth-quarter keeps Vikings playoff hopes alive

A muffed punt and a game-winning touchdown helped defeat the Panthers on Sunday afternoon.


West-central MN cops warn kids to stay off ice, or 'Santa won't come'

This comes amid repeated ice warnings across the state.

covid-19, coronavirus, PPE

Nov. 29 COVID-19 update: 57 deaths, nearly 9,000 more cases

Nearly 100,000 tests were included in Sunday's report.

jim ramstad

Watch former Rep. Jim Ramstad's memorial service online

The ceremony will be live-streamed for the public on Sunday.


How high can Rashod Bateman go in the 2021 NFL Draft?

The Gophers star receiver has plenty of praise heading into next April.

TCF Bank Stadium

15 more from Gopher football team test positive for COVID-19

That brings the total number of cases from this outbreak to 40.

Teddy Bridgewater

5 questions for Vikings-Panthers Week 12 NFC battle

The Vikings welcome Teddy Bridgewater back to U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday.

police lights

Man, 21, in custody after Albert Lea police officer shot in the chest

The officer was able to drive to an emergency room.