13-Year Old Speller Lets Down City of Los Angeles

beeA dark cloud was cast over the Los Angeles spelling scene Wednesday as Castaic Middle School eighth-grader Christian Medina failed to advance in this year’s National Spelling Bee.

Medina, representing the greater Los Angeles area, misspelled 11 of 25 words in a multiple choice written test.

Christian’s early tap out disappointed local linguaphiles who hoped to erase memories of Sean Sabino’s 2004 last place finish.