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UPDATE: Our two Quad City area contestants performed in the opening round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday.

Audrey Melton of Sterling, Ill. spelled her first word incorrectly.

The word was Philately (the study and collection of postage stamps).

Audrey spelled it P-H-A-L-A-T-E-L-Y  and was eliminated from the competition.

Sophie Bergman of Bettendorf, Iowa correctly spelled Recidivist (a convicted criminal who reoffends.)

Later, Sophie correctly spelled Cartesian (relating to French philosopher Rene Descartes).

But unfortunately, that's where her journey ended.

Even though Sophie didn't misspell a word in the live rounds, she didn’t have enough points from the 32 point written exam taken before the competition to advance to the semi-finals.

ORIGINAL: The preliminary round for the Scripps National Spelling Bee is May 28, 2014 and there are two representatives from our area competing.

Audrey Melton from Rock Falls, Ill. was an alternate but was able to compete after the finalist fell ill. Sophie Bergman attends Morning Star Academy in Bettendorf, Iowa.

This is her third time competing.

"We always did spelling tests and I always got perfect scores, and that's when we started doing spelling bees," said Bergman."And people are always like 'Sophie's going to win.'"

The girls say the competition is against the dictionary, not each other, and they are there to do their best and have a good time.

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