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Western Springs Student Advances to National Spelling Bee Finals

Alia Abiad advances to 87th Scripps National Spelling Bee finals on the word "misère." Championship will be broadcast live Thursday on ESPN.

Alia Abiad, 14, an eighth-grader at McClure Junior High in Western Springs, IL, has advanced to the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Alia Abiad, 14, an eighth-grader at McClure Junior High in Western Springs, IL, has advanced to the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

McClure Junior High School eighth-grader Alia Abiad has advanced to the Scripps National Bee Finals in Washington, D.C., which will be broadcast live on ESPN Thursday at 7 p.m. local time.

The 14-year-old’s qualifying word in the semifinals was “misère” (pronounced mizer), which is a French word for destitution.

The semifinals took place Thursday morning and went six rounds. Students also took written tests for the preliminary and semifinals. The combined written and oral scores determined the 12 finalists in the Bee.

The championship finals continue until a champion (or co-champions) are declared, according to the Scripps contest rules.

The national champion receives more than $33,000 in cash and prizes. The winner is also crowned during prime time.

This is Alia’s second appearance in the Bee. Last year she placed 19th in the national spelling contest.

Alia and her family’s expenses to Washington. D.C., are being covered by ComEd, the company’s seventh consecutive year of sponsoring the Cook County suburban champion.

Her classmates and friends at McClure also happen to be in Washington this week for their school’s class trip.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is open to students between the ages of 8 and 15, although a large percentage of the competitors are between the ages of 12 and 14.


Todd Benson May 29, 2014 at 03:26 PM
You go girl, good job we are all proud of you. Future of WS.
Katie in Bolingbrook May 29, 2014 at 04:35 PM
WTG!! Good luck! Silly me, I thought mizer was the right way to spell misere!
Joseph R. Martan May 30, 2014 at 01:22 PM
Nice to see that this young lady is getting the level of recognition and acknowledgment usually reserved for all the semi-literate high school jocks. Unfortunately, if she's planning on attending LTHS, her academic achievement will be minimalized given that our misguided school board bought the LT administration's Kool-Aid by abolishing all class ranks as well as the valedictorian and salutatorian positions for the class 0f 2017 and all classes thereafter.

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