Oklahomans Zampella, Shafer-Ray fail to make semifinal round of Scripps National Spelling Bee

WASHINGTON - Two young Oklahomans just missed the semifinals of the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee Wednesday despite not missing a single word on stage.

Richelle Zampella, a sixth grader from Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee, and Cole Shafer-Ray, a sixth grader from Norman's Alcott Middle School, both sailed through the first three rounds Tuesday and Wednesday, but failed to have their number called.

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Zampella, 12 years old and legally blind, correctly spelled "capricious" and "trianon" in her second trip to the Bee.

Shafer-Ray, a 12-year-old rookie in the competition, perfectly spelled "garibaldi" and "polyonymous."

The reason for their snub?

The Bee actually has a number of parts, not just the onstage element, including a written or computer spelling test that, for the first time, involves a vocabulary portion.

READ: "Vocabulary now part of 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee" (http://bit.ly/scrippsvocab)

And while the results of the exam have not yet been released, it's that part of the competition that appears to have sent Zampella and Shafer-Ray home.

VIEW: Semifinalist list (http://bit.ly/scrippssemis)

The tournament's semifinal round can be seen at 2 p.m. Thursday on ESPN2. The championship round begins at 7 p.m. Thursday and will air live on ESPN.

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