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Solana Beach Student Eliminated From National Spelling Bee

Oona Mary Nikko Flood, an eighth-grader from Earl Warren Middle School in San Diego County, is set to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee on May 26, 2015.
Scripps National Spelling Bee
Oona Mary Nikko Flood, an eighth-grader from Earl Warren Middle School in San Diego County, is set to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee on May 26, 2015.

An eighth-grader from Earl Warren Middle School in Solana Beach was eliminated Wednesday from the 88th Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Maryland.

Oona Mary Nikko Flood correctly spelled "geoponics" — a noun meaning an art or science of cultivating the earth — and then "xiphias" — a genus of fish — during today's rounds. But her overall score, which included the results of a multiple-choice spelling and vocabulary test taken Tuesday, fell short of what was needed to advance to the semifinals at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.

A total of 49 contestants advanced to the semifinals, which will be held Thursday