Once again, she correctly spells all of her words on stage

    Crookston High School eighth-grader (she’ll be a freshman in the fall) Ainsley Boucher was not among the 41 finalists named Thursday in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

    As was the case last year when she made it to the national bee as a seventh-grader, Boucher never misspelled a word on stage this week. It was the written testing done off-stage that involves not only correctly spelling various words but also knowing the meaning of some of those words that ended her run last year, and again this week. When she was eliminated last year, Boucher said she needed to focus more on vocabulary skills.

    And she did better this year as a result. Boucher’s mom, Stefanie, said Ainsley was among the “top scorers” called to the stage Thursday as the names of the 41 finalists were announced, but her name and speller number, 262, was not called. “She was so close,” Stefanie said.

    Boucher advanced two years in a row from the local district bee, then the regional bee in Thief River Falls, and, finally, the multi-regional state bee in Fergus Falls.

    This week on stage in Washington, D.C., she first correctly spelled “phyllomorph,” followed by “plasticine.”