“Pinion” — meaning a round gear or the outer part of a bird’s wing — proved to be Layla Bouber’s undoing at the 92nd annual Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Bouber, a seventh-grader at Henley Middle School in Albemarle County, competed against more than 500 spellers in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Her run at the national bee ended in the third round Wednesday afternoon when she stumbled over pinion, saying “y” instead of the second “i.”
The competition kicked off Tuesday after preliminary written tests Monday. In Round Two, Bouber aced “enoki,” a type of mushroom.
After two rounds of spelling and the written test, the top 50 spellers advanced to the finals, which ended Thursday.
Bouber qualified for the national bee after correctly spelling “ammonia” to win the Daily Progress Regional Spelling Bee in March. The annual event, co-sponsored by The Daily Progress and The News Virginian, featured elementary- and middle-school students from public and private schools in Charlottesville, Staunton, Waynesboro and the counties of Albemarle, Augusta, Fluvanna, Greene and Nelson.