Quad-Cities spelling champ Tanya Rastogi had a tough pill to swallow Wednesday, May 29, as she missed the cut for the championship round of the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee, even though she spelled her word, linctus, correctly.
Linctus is a medicine in the form of a syrup taken to relieve coughs and sore throats.
"Today went pretty well," Rastogi said. "I feel like I tried my best."
In addition to spelling a word on stage, spellers also had to complete a preliminary test on the first day which is used in determining who advances to the final round of 50. Coming into Wednesday, there were 490 spellers still in contention.
Rastogi, 12, of Bettendorf, represented the Quad-Cities at the bee, held at The Gaylord in National Harbor, Maryland. The sixth-grade student from Riverdale Heights Elementary School won the 39th annual Dispatch-Argus-QCOnline.com Regional Spelling Bee back in March to earn her spot in the national bee.
"Most of the people were much more prepared because they have been there before," Rastogi said. "I will try to win to get back."
Rastogi, a sixth grader, has two more years of eligibility.
"If you want to get somewhere, you have to study hard and be persistent," Rastogi said.
She said attending the bee was a worthwhile experience because she got to meet new people who were on the same journey.
"My favorite part was getting to meet new people," Rastogi said.