Positioned as showdowns, smack-downs or friendly competitions, spelling bees have a long and storied past in the United States.
Students from schools in Tarzana, Diamond Bar and Huntington Beach correctly spelled their words in the second and third rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee but they were all eliminated from the competition.
Two Los Angeles County students and one from Orange County were eliminated Wednesday from the Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Md.
Two students from Los Angeles County and one from Orange County are among the field of 275 competitors in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which begins Tuesday in Maryland.
Thirty students from public and private schools across the county competed in the bee at the Moreno Valley Conference & Recreation Center but after 3 1/2 hours, only two students survived into the 18th round.