The first round passed without any CCS student committing an error. Then the second. Then the third.
Indeed, at the start of round eight, with none of the 10 students having missed a word, the faculty flipped ahead a few pages in the list of words in order to increase the difficulty.
Sure enough, in round nine, Josephine Hovis made the first error, failing to correctly spell Bolide, a kind of meteor. The next error was made by Abigail Makofske, also in round nine, after she failed to correctly spell turmoil. A misspelling of ailment eliminated Makfoske, in round 10, which also saw Kyle Myer receive an error for misspelling infamous, and Nicole Lionetti take her first error. Lionetti went out in round 11 and Nathaniel Miller took his first error that same round, before going out on insinuate in round 12. Eighth graders Owen Carr and Thomas Knight, both of whom had started strong, each took errors in round 13.
At this point the field consisted of five eigth graders and two seventh graders, with seventh grader Hovis holding down the fort as the only remaining girl.
Owen Carr was eliminated in round 15 when he failed to spell ostracize, and Wriley Nelson and Pierce Snyder each took errors in Round 17. This left eighth grader Shane Tang as the only contestant without an error.
Nelson went out on juxtapose in round 18 and Pierce exited the stage on ventriloquy in round 20.
Now there were only four contestants: Shane Tang, with no errors, Thomas Knight, who’d stayed alive in round 19 by correctly spelling seraphic, and seventh graders Kyle Meyer and Josephine Hovis, who’d each picked up errors in rounds 10 and nine respectively.
Tang received his first error in round 21 on precinct. Four straight rounds passed before there was any additional movement, as all four contestants appeared quite evenly matched. In the end, it was Knight who would succumb first, after failing to spell atrocious. Tang then went out on fissure in round 28, and, just like that, classmates Meyer and Hovis were in the final two.