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

Published: Thursday, May 29, 2014 12:17 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, May 29, 2014 4:33 p.m. CDT
(Sarah Nader)
Sarah Nader- snader@shawmedia.com Lucas Urbanski (left) and his twin sister, Clare Urbanski, talk to each other after taking photos at the McHenry County Spelling Bee at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Lucas Urbanski beat out his sister, Clare, to win the spelling bee for the fourth consecutive time. He will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington at the end of May.

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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