All three Wisconsin youngsters have been eliminated from the National Spelling Bee.
Thirteen-year-old Martius Bautista of Janesville, 13-year-old Hanna Ghouse of Kenosha, and 12-year-old Kieran McKinney of West Salem were not among the 40 spellers who advanced to today's (Thursday's) finals. Kieran and Martius spelled both their words correctly in the verbal rounds, but they did not score high enough in Tuesday's written test to advance. Hanna was eliminated in Wednesday's second round, when she got "McMansion" wrong. The third round of verbal spelling takes place this (Thursday) morning -- and the survivors will compete for the championship starting at 7:30 p-m on E-S-P-N.