UPDATE: Vanya has not advanced to the finals. Spellers from the semifinals are picked based on their live performance as well as tests they've taken this week. Congratulations to Vanya for her long run in this year's competition.
ORIGINAL STORY: Vanya Shivashankar, the last remaining speller from the area, continues her run in the Scripps National Spelling Bee today during this morning's semifinals. The 12-year-old from Olathe, Kan., is competing with 45 other spellers in the semifinals.
- Her second word was "echinite" (fossil sea urchin)
- Her first word was "elepidote" (lacking small, scurfy scales).
You can follow Vanya and all the other spellers in the semifinals today and the finals tonight beginning at 8 p.m. on ESPN. You can also watch online .
If you'd like to follow the Twitter conversation, people are using #TeamVanya and #Speller90 (her number in the Bee). We're calling in the #speller90 tweets below.
Vanya's sister, Kavya, won the 2009 National Spelling Bee. Their mother, Sandhya, spoke earlier this month with Cynthia Newsome about raising two prolific spellers .
We profiled multiple spellers from the area leading up to the Bee this week. Check out our complete coverage .