Appeal denied. Samir, over and out. He's had a good run and should be proud of his accomplishments -- and leave it at that.
The National Spelling Bee field has been narrowed to 15, and look who's still spelling:
Claire Zhang, the 13-year-old who got dinged on her first word even after she spelled it correctly. I'll be rooting for her tonight, when the finals are broadcast on ABC at 7 p.m.
Also, there's a lone Texan left. Amy Chyao from Dallas. She spelled pschent in the sixth round to advance, so she knows her stuff, too. Go, Amy.