Spelling Bee Contestant

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- After a third place finish, a Madison eighth-grader was lauded after she nearly won the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington.

Isabel Jacobson returned to her class at O-Keefe Middle School after finishing just two spots from the championship in the competition of 286 students last week.

The 14-year-old Jacobson missed the word "cyanophycean" -- a type of algae.

But it didn't matter to her friends at O-Keefe yesterday.

They gave her a cake, ice cream and a charm bracelet that read "To our Number One speller."

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