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Will County Spelling Bee champ does well in initial rounds of national competition

The 2015 Will County Spelling Bee champion Summit Kumar spells "flotilla" correctly Wednesday morning in his first round at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
The 2015 Will County Spelling Bee champion Summit Kumar spells "flotilla" correctly Wednesday morning in his first round at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

The 2015 Will County Spelling Bee champion Summit Kumar correctly spelled his second word Wednesday afternoon at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., but did not proceed to the semifinal round.

The Troy Middle School seventh-grader, donning number 52 in the competition, spelled "persifleur" correctly during Round 3 of the competition. "Persifleur" means one given to frivolous banter especially about matters usually given serious consideration, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

Kumar spelled "flotilla" correctly in Round 2. "Flotilla" is a fleet of ships or boats, or an indefinite large number, according to the dictionary.

The vocabulary items, which is one of the areas Summit has been working on, also went well. He correctly chose the right definition of "symbiosis" in Round 1, which means "the mutually beneficial relationship of two dissimilar organisms." And in Round 2, he gave the definition of "desuetude," meaning "apparently abandoned."

The combined spelling and vocabulary final score along with a "Preliminaries Test" were used to determine his final score. The semifinals of the competition start Thursday morning.

Kumar previously said his first goal is to make the semifinals.

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SPELLING BEE SCHEDULE

The 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee will be televised at the following times:

• Semifinals starting at 10 a.m. Thursday on ESPN2

• Finals starting at 7 p.m. Thursday on ESPN

For more information about the National Spelling Bee visit http://spellingbee.com/

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