NATIONAL HARBOR, MD (Gray TV) -- She gave it her all, but Chloe Carlson of Minot is out of the Scripps National Spelling Bee after incorrectly spelled the word “consulate” in Round 3 of the preliminaries.
The 12-year-old was one of 285 student spellers from across the country who made it to this annual competition outside our nation’s capital.
“[I'm] pretty terrified," Chloe told Washington correspondent Ted Fioraliso. "There are going to be a lot of people sitting there.”
But if she was nervous, Chloe didn’t show it. She actually looked pretty confident on stage for a first-timer. Maybe it’s all the hard work she put in to prepare.
“About an hour every night, me and my dad would study together with lists they printed off. There was an online subscription you could get," explained Chloe.
“She just wanted to beat me when this whole thing started," said Chloe's dad, John.
Spelling runs in Chloe’s family. Her grandfather and father competed at the state level.
“She’s always been reading at a higher level than her peers, and I think that helps out an awful lot," said John.
Chloe thanked everyone back home for supporting her.
“I'm going to be really proud that I made it this far. And I hope to do it again next year," she said.