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Shelbina girl advances to final in national spelling bee

Friday, June 4, 2010 | 1:46 p.m. CDT; updated 4:46 p.m. CDT, Friday, June 4, 2010

Thirteen-year-old Elizabeth Platz is one of 10 finalists in the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee. She is the only contestant from Missouri competing.

Platz is a home-school student in the eighth grade. She completed the sixth round of the spelling bee at 1 p.m. with the word "matsutake." She previously spelled the words "fête," "fennec," "arsedine," and "keratolysis" correctly.

The spelling bee finals air live from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. CDT Friday night on ABC.


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