A River Dell student made it to the final seven at the North Jersey Spelling Bee at on Thursday.
The Regional district representative Indrani Das reached the seventh round before misspelling the word Edaphic.
Edaphic is a nature related to soil where its qualities may characterize the soil itself, including drainage, texture, or chemical properties such as pH, according to Wikipedia.
A student from Haverstraw Middle School, Sanjana Mohan Malla, won the competition, spelling "tromometer," an instrument used for measuring or detecting minute earth tremors, according to Merriam-Webster.
She received a laptop, a $1,000 scholarship and advanced to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
The competition was the 75th annual North Jersey Spelling Bee. To celebrate, Mauro Castano of Cake Boss wheeled in a cake decorated with all the winning words from each year and topped with a bumblebee.
A camera crew was on hand to film the bee as part of a Cake Boss episode.
The first winner of the North Jersey Spelling Bee, Margaret Karle Schak, was also on hand. Schak met President Franklin Delano Roosevelt after winning the spelling bee in 1935, and went on to become the first woman mayor of Rutherford.
"This original spelling be experience gave me confidence in my life," she told the students.