JG speller Flora correct on ‘lapilli’ in national bee

May 28, 2019

Noble County resident Grant Flora correctly spelled “lapilli” Tuesday morning during the first round of oral spelling at the 92nd annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Maryland. 

“Lapilli” is the Latin for “little stones” and is the term for rock material spewed by a volcanic eruption. 

Flora, 14, of Ligonier, qualified for the national competition by winning the 65th annual Journal Gazette Regional Spelling Bee presented by STAR Financial Bank in March. The son of Michael and Jennifer Flora recently completed the eighth grade at West Noble Middle School. 

Grant was among 565 students ages 7 to 15 who entered the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which is being conducted at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in suburban Washington. The champion will receive more than $50,000 in cash and other prizes. 

Among the words that were misspelled Tuesday, eliminating those contestants from the bee, were “parietal,” “perforation,” “satiate,” “perambulate” and “Valparaiso.” 


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