Area boy out after early rounds of National Spelling Bee

Razeen Basunia, 11, of N. Charleston participates in round two of the preliminaries of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.

A Rollings School of the Arts student was eliminated from the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition on Wednesday.

Razeen Basunia, 11, correctly spelled both of his words - kama and hyporhined - but was eliminated on a points system that also included computerized spelling and vocabulary tests, when the field was cut from 281 spellers to 46 for the semifinal round.

The seventh-grader said afterward that he learned a lot from participating. "I learned you have to know your languages and you have to figure out the roots."

He still thought the experience was "pretty fun" and hopes to do it again next year.

The semifinals will air live from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday on ESPN2, followed by the finals 8 p.m. on ESPN. A maximum of 12 students will compete in the finals.

Basunia was sponsored by The Post and Courier,.

Five other spellers from South Carolina were elim- inated after the preliminary round.