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Disaster for Culver City 8th-grade spelling bee whiz: Knocked out of finals on ‘Illicium’

An eighth-grader at Culver City Middle School advanced Thursday to the finals of the 89th Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Maryland, but he faltered on his second word and was eliminated from the competition. Cooper Komatsu was one of 10 contestants to advance to the finals at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. […]