Parker teen in national spelling bee finals

Chris Michlewicz
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The Parker teen who earned the state spelling bee title in March is among the final nine contestants in the national competition.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is the biggest stage for the world's best spellers, and Frank Cahill is making it known that he is a serious contender. The 14-year-old Ave Maria Catholic School student beat out 269 contestants to reach the championship finals, which will be televised on ESPN May 31.

Cahill has gone through six rounds of competition and correctly spelled words like "drosophila" and "guilloche." It is Cahill's first time competing at the national level.