She said she plans to compete in her school spelling bee next year and hopes to return to the Gazette-Mail Regional Spelling Bee and the Scripps National Bee.
None of West Virginia's five spellers reached the semifinal rounds.
Savannah Aldridge, 13, of Bridgeport, and Ksheeraja Sriram, 12, of Morgantown, both spelled their round two and three words correctly.
Yagna Deep Vudathu, 13, of Martinsburg, missed his round two word, "comminution," a word for the process where materials are broken down into small particles. He spelled it "cominution." Yagna correctly spelled his round three word, "ramate."
Connor Moore, 11, of Wheeling, spelled "fraulein" correctly in round two. He misspelled "rasorial," meaning "scratching the ground for food like a chicken or other domestic fowl," in round three. Connor spelled it "rascorial."
Rounds two and three streamed live on ESPN3.com.
The bee's semifinal rounds will begin at 10 a.m. today and will be shown on ESPN. The championship finals also will be shown on ESPN starting at 8:30 p.m. today.
The bee champion will receive $30,000 in cash, an engraved trophy, a $2,500 U.S. savings bond and a complete Merriam-Webster reference library, among other prizes.
All spellers who participate in the preliminary rounds will receive a $100 VISA gift card. Spellers who make it to the semifinal rounds will receive a $500 gift card.
Elizabeth placed first in the 2011 Gazette-Mail Regional Spelling Bee in March. Her prizes included an all-expense-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 MyZtv by WSAZ.
Reach Zack Harold at zack.har...@dailymail.com or 304-348-7939.