"Kuchen" Dooms Local Student at Spelling Bee

Grass Lake student tripped up in first round of Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Arvind Mahankali, 13, of Bayside Hills, N.Y., holds the championship trophy after he won the National Spelling Bee by spelling the word "knaidel" correctly on Thursday, May 30, 2013, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

A Mid-Michigan student got a chance to advance to the next round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee today in Washington, D.C. Sean Hickey, a seventh grader at Grass Lake Middle School in Jackson County, got the word "kuchen" -- pronounced KOOK-in -- which is a type of coffee cake with a German origin.

Sean unfortunately spelled it "k-o-c-h-e-n" and was eliminated. When the bell rang, his head bowed, but he was applauded off the stage after an admirable effort. Sean had to pass the online portion of the contest the day before to advance to the stage.

We say, hold your head high, Sean! Just making the National Spelling Bee is a feat in itself and you made the area proud.


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