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Konawaena’s Talmage Nakamoto’s run ends in Round 6 of National Spelling Bee

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Speller 70 Talmage Nakamoto nails "strontium." on Twitpic

Speller 70 Talmage Nakamoto nails "strontium."

Konawaena eighth-grader Talmage Nakamoto advanced through round four of the Scripps National Spelling Bee by spelling strontium correctly Thursday (May 28) the final day of the competition.

Talmage Nakamoto gets a high five after correctly spelling"pa... on Twitpic

Talmage Nakamoto gets a high five after correctly spelling"passerelle."

In round five Nakamoto spelled passerelle correctly and advanced to round six with 15 other spellers in the semifinals.

Nakamoto entered the sixth round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee and was given the word caliche which he incorrectly spelled as calicchi. Caliche is a mineral deposit of gravel, sand and nitrates, found especially in dry areas of South America.

Eleven spellers are going into the finals tonight.

Nakamoto is a 14 year-old eighth-grader at Konawaena Middle School. Nakamoto is active in Boy Scouts and has achieved Life rank. He enjoys judo and singing a cappella. Nakamoto is named after scientist and author James E. Talmage. Science happens to be his favorite subject, and he hopes to become a physicist one day. Nakamoto loves to quote movie lines—especially lines from his favorite movie, The Princess Bride. Nakamoto competed in the 2008 national finals.

The semifinal rounds are being broadcast live on ESPN. The finals will be broadcast on ABC.

Photos courtesy of Scripps National Spelling Bee

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