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Urbanski spells two words correctly, but misses out on spelling bee finals

Lucas Urbanski spelled his two words correctly in the the Scripps National Spelling Bee semifinals on Thursday, but did not advance to Thursday night's final.

The finalists were selected by a combination of two spelling rounds in the semifinals and a written exam taken Wednesday evening.

Urbanski correctly spelled "epixylous" (growing on wood) in Round 6 of the semifinals and he correctly spelled "cataphora" in Round 5 of the semifinals, his first word of the day. "Cataphora" is the use of a grammatical substitute (such as a pronoun) that has the same reference as a following word or phrase.

Urbanski is the four-time reigning McHenry County spelling bee champion.

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