Hancock student still alive in Bee

WASHINGTON – A Hancock Middle School student is still active in the opening rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Eighth-grader Shannon Nulf correctly spelled “salve” in the second round of the bee this morning.

For the first time, the national bee also includes vocabulary testing. Tuesday, the 281 contestants took a computerized 24-word spelling test, and were also given vocabulary questions.

After another oral round, as many as 50 students will advance to another set of vocabulary tests. Up to 12 contestants will advance to semifinals on Thursday.