Barberton spelling champion Ferdian Euro Aditama was eliminated at the national bee in Washington, D.C., after Wednesday’s preliminary round.

Aditama, 14, completed his preliminary round computer test Tuesday and qualified to advance to compete in front of judges.

Aditama was given the word “jeremiad” in the first round of the preliminaries. It is a prolonged lamentation or complaint and can also be a cautionary or angry harangue. He spelled the word correctly.

In the second round, Aditama spelled the word “basilect,” which is the least prestigious language variety of a community. Again he spelled the word correctly.

However, Aditama was eliminated after written test scores were compiled after the completion of the preliminaries.

The national bee had 281 competitors at the beginning. The cutdown from the written tests left 46 spellers remaining.

The competition will continue with the semifinals airing from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today on ESPN2.

The finalists will be announced following the round and the championship will air from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday on ESPN.