"I just wanted to make sure she was OK", she said. "This is not something that comes easy".
On Wednesday, Rajeev correctly spelled "Dijon" and "phorminx", an ancient Greek instrument.
Forty finalists in the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday will brandish vowels, consonants and the hope of putting them in the proper order to score a $40,000 cash prize.
"I like to first think about it in my head, visualize it, and then I ask for the definition, part of speech, all of the questions".
"It's just a goal of mine, I never thought I'd actually be here because I always watch it on TV and it's surreal", Fatta said. Hard work and perseverance are some of the others.
"It's been a great week so far", Kelly said. The semifinalists are scheduled to be announced at approximately 3 p.m. following the conclusion of the third round.
"She (his coach) has been supportive of him. that has helped him a lot in getting here", Muralidharan said.
The preliminary process for this year's competition was started eight months ago.
Sylvia Nguyen made the most of her moment on the big stage.
An impressive run but no championship for IN at this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee.
She said she will also remember the excitement and pressure of the big stage, comparing the big red lights of the onstage timer to a ticking time bomb.
If Rajeev is the last student standing, he would be the first Oklahoman to win since 1965, when Michael Kerpan Jr. from Tulsa won.
The victor - or winners - will take home $40,000 in cash, a trophy and other prizes.
Kelly Mills (right), 13, from Beaver, sits with Aiden Arnett, of Morgantown, in the preliminary rounds of the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
Next school year, Maia will attend Bishop Gorman High School.
This year's contest is operating under a new set of rules created to prevent it from ending in a tie for the fourth year in a row.
Yash advanced to the Bee by winning the San Diego County competition in March.
For 6-year-old Edith Fuller, it was E-A-S-Y.