West Tisbury student knocked out of spelling bee

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Sam Fetters is introduced at the national spelling bee. — Kim Leaird

The run for Sam Fetters, the West Tisbury seventh grader representing Martha’s Vineyard in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., is over.

It was the word “beneficent” that derailed him.

But it was a good run for Sam. Earlier in the day, he correctly spelled “dolichuric” correctly. In case you’re wondering, and we certainly were, dolichuric means “having a redundant syllable,” according to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary.

According to his mother, there was a slight chance Sam could move on even with the misspelled word, but as of about 6 pm, the math was no longer working out and it was clear that Sam’s run was over.