Eva Kitlen gets 2nd chance at Scripps Spelling Bee, along with state champion Himanvi Kopuri

Competition May 28-30

DENVER - A Colorado teenager from Niwot is getting a second chance to win the Scripps Spelling Bee.

Eva Kitlen, 14, spelled genre and utile correctly in round two last year, but did not make the semifinals, based on her score from a computerized spelling test.

Kitlen attends Sunset Middle School in Longmont. Her biography says she's a talented musician and swimmer.  Kitlen plays clarinet, baritone horn and piano.

She'll be joined this year by state spelling bee champion, 12-year-old Himanvi Kopuri. The seventh-grader from Denver's Hamilton Middle School won the Colorado State Spelling Bee last month by correctly spelling the word oriel, which is a large bay window that projects from a wall.

The national competition is May 28-30.

A teenager from Colorado Springs, Pratyush Buddiga, won the competition in 2002. Previous Colorado winners include Dana Bennett (1957), Joel Montgomery (1959), Katie Kerwin (1979), Jacques Bailly (1980), Molly Dieveney (1982) , and Scott Isaacs (1989).

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is administered on a not-for-profit basis by The E.W. Scripps Company, the parent company of Denver's 7.

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