WASHINGTON, D.C. -- After misspelling the word "gimbaled" in the fifth round in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, a Horseheads eighth grader is now heading home.
Corning's Alternate School of Math and Science eighth grader Sruti Akula was one of nearly 300 to make it to the competition in Washington, D.C.
The word she misspelled is spelled “gimbaled,” but she spelled it with a Y and a double L.
Four other students from the Central and Northern New York areas were contestants in the spelling bee, but Akula was the only one to make it past Wednesday's third round.
Emily Carello of Syracuse, Kristin Ratliff of Oneonta, Phillip Cummings of Oswego and Dylan O'Connor of Watertown were among those who were eliminated Wednesday.