North Dakota’s Top Speller Makes It To The Next Round

Tobi Shorunke is an 8th grader at Ben Franklin Middle School in Fargo, Ainsley Boucher of Crookston is one of 8 Minnesotans in the contest

WASHINGTON, D.C. — North Dakota’s top speller made it to round two of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

So how did Tobi Shorunke of Fargo do Tuesday afternoon?

His word was “portulaca” and he asked for the definition.

Any plant of a genus of mainly tropical succulent herbs having usually yellow, pink, red, white or purple ephemeral flowers with four to six petals. Portulaca.

Shorunke, an 8th grader at Ben Franklin Middle School, spelled the word correctly and moves on to the next round.

He says his goal is to at least make it to the semi-finals.

“I’m ready but I’m just nervous, nervous about how far I’ll get,” said Tobi.

Bukola Bakare Shorunke, Tobi’s mother said, “I know this is huge, very challenging. I know he’s very passionate and hoping to make it very far today. Throughout the competition, yes.”

8th grader Ainsley Boucher of Crookston is one of 8 Minnesotans in the contest.

She is also moving on to the next round.

There is a record-breaking 516 spellers from around the country competing to make the final round.

The spelling bee finals will be on ESPN on Thursday.

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