Bee organizers will decide on a "cut score" after they tally spellers' overall scores. The cut score will determine how many spellers advance to the semifinal rounds, usually around 50 contestants.
Round 2 begins at 8 a.m. and will be televised live on ESPN3. Elizabeth is speller No. 268, so she won't get her turn at the microphone until after 10 a.m.
Round 3 starts after lunch and also will be shown on ESPN3, with Elizabeth taking the stage sometime after 3 p.m.
The bee's semifinal rounds will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday and will be shown on ESPN.
The championship finals also will be shown on ESPN starting at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
Elizabeth said she's excited for the competition's oral rounds.
"I want to know how it feels to be on the national bee stage and spelling your word," she said.
Elizabeth placed first in the 2011 Gazette-Mail Regional Spelling Bee in March. Her prizes included an all-expenses-paid, weeklong trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. She also won a $2,500 SMART529 savings account for college.
The March 12 regional bee was co-sponsored by the West Virginia Housing Development Fund and West Virginia American Water. It was televised on WSAZ-TV's myZtv.
Four other West Virginia students are competing in the Scripps National Bee this year.
Savannah Aldridge, 13, of Bridgeport, is a home-schooled eighth-grader sponsored by The Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram. Yagna Deep Vudathu, 13, of Martinsburg, is a seventh-grader at South Middle School sponsored by The (Martinsburg) Journal.
The Dominion Post sponsored Ksheeraja Sriram, 12, of Morgantown, a seventh-grader at Suncrest Middle School. Connor Moore, 11, of Wheeling, is a fifth-grader at Woodsdale Elementary School. He is sponsored by The Catholic Spirit, a newspaper published by the Wheeling-Charleston Diocese.
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