A Lot Of Buzz At The 2016 National Spelling Bee

New rules for spellers

By Shannon Sommers - News Associate Producer
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HOUSTON - A local teen is still competing in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Today is the final day, and according to organizers, spellers could be tossed the most difficult words ever used in the competition.

Facing these tough words, is Woodlands 13-year-old Shourav Dasari.  He’s still going strong with hopes of scoring a spot in tonight’s final battle. Dasari attends McCllough Junior High.

Bee organizers said they made changes after the competition ended in a tie the past two years.

This year, the final three spellers could be forced to spell more, and judges can adjust the difficulty of the winning words as needed.

Three spellers who finished in last year's top 10 remain in the bee. The winner gets more than $45,000 in cash and prizes.

The final battle in the war of the words is at 7 p.m.

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