Rounds 5 and 6 in the National Spelling Bee Thursday proved to be killer bees for 115 young contestants - including Utah's Tara Huber.
Tara, the Deseret News Spelling Bee champion, was one of 144 boys and girls to return to the spelldown Thursday.She survived the opening round of Day 2 by correctly spelling renaissance.
"I'm glad I got that word," she said. "It was sort of easy."
Her earlier words included velocity, turnstile, pteridology and voltolization.
In the 6th round, when word pronouncer Dr. Alex J. Cameron gave her the word orchestrelle, of French origin, she spelled it o-r-c-h-e-s-t-r-e-l.
"I'm glad it's over. At least I don't have to spell the rest of the trip," she said afterward.
She finished 38th out of 200 contestants in the competition.
Round 6 featured such difficult words as keratopathy, quinquagenary, pinacotheca, gingivectomy and troglobiont.
Tara, who suffers from asthma and other medical problems, traveled by auto to Washington. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Victor Huber, carried medical equipment in the event of an emergency along the route.
Traveling across the country gave the young Utahn plenty of time to study the word lists, including the "Words of the Champions" and the "Regional Word List."
Now that the spelling bee is over, Tara said, "I won't have to spell for the rest of the trip."
Two sisters, Erin and Colleen, also accompanied the Utah winner.
Tara and 13-year-old Colleen, both school winners, competed against each other in the Uintah district for a ticket to the Deseret News state bee.
Colleen, a seventh-grade student, will be eligible for the last time in 1989. But she may have competition again from a sister if 9-year-old Erin should win her school bee, because they attend different schools.
As state winner, Tara will not be eligible again for the Utah contest.