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Local teen lasts three rounds in national bee

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Despite winning his way through three rounds in the Scripps National Spelling Bee Wednesday in Washington D.C., Wesleyan School's Nicholas Poulos didn't make it to Thursday's semifinals.

Made up of 42 of the original 280 spellers, the semifinalists were those students who got the best scores on a vocabulary test following the third round of elimination-style spelling competition.

The first round was an initial vocabulary test, and Poulos breezed through rounds two and three with the words "bureaucracy" and "mortadella."

Poulos made it to the Scripps National Spelling Bee after winning the state spelling bee back in March, ousting finalists with the word "fibrinogen."