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Posted at 7:57 AM, May 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-25 09:57:22-04

285 spellers from eight countries compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. And this year, three spellers are representing Idaho in the competition.

With the spelling bee officially underway, we thought we’d hit the streets and see how you would do when asked to spell some of the spelling bee’s most difficult words.

We asked everyday people on the streets of Treasure Valley words like: nunatak, croissant, and gauze. Some breezed through our challenge while others struggled. It’s all of course in honor of the Scripps National Spelling Bee that’s underway in Maryland.

Preliminary computer testing began Tuesday, with spelling rounds starting Wednesday morning. Semi finals and finals are on Thursday.

If you want to catch some of the action, it’s all being televised.

Wednesday’s preliminary rounds are 6:00 – 9:45 a.m. and 11:15 – 2:45 p.m. MST on ESPN 3.

Thursday’s semi final starts at 8:00 a.m. MST on ESPN 2.

Finals start Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. MST on ESPN.

This year’s spellers from Idaho are Josiah Pinkerson, McKenna Noland, and Zachary Hunsaker.