Hudson seventh-grader Anna Liu battled through Round 3 of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday afternoon after nailing “cadet.”

The two-syllable word might seem like a gimme compared to “propiophenone,” the word for a flowery smelling compound used in perfumes that Anna had to spell correctly to make it this far.

Yet it wouldn’t be enough to move on to the finals in National Harbor, Md.

Onstage, the 13-year-old Hudson girl asked a series of questions about “cadet,” including twice requesting that bee officials use “cadet” in a sentence.

Anna looked pleasantly surprised after she correctly spelled it.

But it was a written test that did her in.

At the end of Round 3, only 321 of the 519 children who were initially in the bee remained.

Bee officials scored written spelling tests the 321 took the day before. The maximum score on the test was 36 points. To reach the finals, spellers needed at least 28 points.

It was unclear Wednesday evening how many points Anna scored.

To reach the national competition, Anna won the Akron Beacon Journal Regional Spelling Bee in March.

Words spelled Wednesday included some relatively new additions to the English language, including: “affluenza,” “vlogging” and “athleisure.”

Any word included in Merriam-Webster’s unabridged dictionary can be used as part of the bee, according to the official blog for the national spelling bee.

“Maybe we’ll see Chiweenie (a cross between a Chihuahua and a dachshund) ... or hate-watch make their way into the Bee, too,” the bee’s blogger wrote. “After all, they’re all in the dictionary now, too.”

Anna told bee organizers her favorite historical figure is Nelson Mandela, who led the emancipation of South Africa from white minority rule and served as his country’s first black president.

Her favorite food is ice cream sandwiches.

And despite her spelling skills, her favorite school subject is math.

Amanda Garrett can be reached at 330-996-3725. Columbus Dispatch Washington, D.C., correspondent Jessica Wehrman contributed to this report.