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Emily Fouts

Twin Falls eighth-grader Emily Fouts spells a word Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Md.

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD. — Twin Falls eighth-grader Emily Fouts spelled her word correctly May 30 during round three of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, but didn’t qualify for the finals.

She spelled “capacious“ — “containing or capable of containing a great deal,” according to the Miriam-Webster dictionary — on stage during the competition in National Harbor, Md.

The Vera C. O’Leary Middle School student represented south-central Idaho and qualified by winning the fourth annual Times-News regional spelling bee in March.

“Capacious” was the second word Emily — known at the competition as speller 112— spelled correctly on stage at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, televised on ESPN3. On Tuesday, she spelled “koali,” a tropical morning glory used in Hawaii.

Emily Fouts

Twin Falls eighth-grader Emily Fouts waits on stage Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Md.

Emily’s mother, Rebecca Fouts, wasn’t available Wednesday to comment by phone or email.

Spellers still in the competition after round three Wednesday — including Emily — received a score based on a written preliminaries test and two rounds of on-stage spelling. In total, 41 children with the highest scores were selected for the finals, which begin Thursday.

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