NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - All four Kansas City-area contestants in the Scripps National Spelling Bee correctly spelled their words in the second round Wednesday, and are awaiting third-round action later in the afternoon.
Vanya Shivashankar was the first of the local spellers to take the stage Wednesday morning.
Vanya, who watched in 2009 as her older sister Kavya won the bee, was the 92nd speller of the day, and correctly spelled debellation.
From Olathe, Kan., Vanya is just in the fifth grade and is already competing in her second national tournament.
Next up among the local spellers was Jacob Longmeyer, a student at Pleasant Hill (Mo.) Middle School.
Jacob, an eighth-grader making his second trip to the bee as well, spelled pernicious correctly.
Jacob was the 135th participant to take the stage, followed immediately by Speller 136 Jordan Hoffman, a 14-year-old eighth-grader at Pleasant Lea Middle School in Lee’s Summit, Mo.
She started competing in spelling bees in the fourth grade, and it paid off when she spelled egress correctly.
The final local speller in Round 2 of the Spelling Bee was Grant Pace, a student at Lakeview Middle School in the Park Hill (Mo.) School District.
He spelled minacious correctly.
The four Kansas City-area contestants will spell on stage again Wednesday afternoon in the third round, then await to see who moves on to Thursday’s semi-finals.
No more than 50 spellers will move on. Scores will be combined from the two rounds on Wednesday and the computer test that all participants took on Tuesday.
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