Tomorrow morning 281spellers
will begin to compete for the title of 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion, and starting Wednesday, you can play along
Two of this year's spellers, Vanya Shivashankar
and Ashwin Veeramani
are siblings of former Bee winners. This year's youngest speller, Hussain A. Godhrawala
, is eight.
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Local stories on some of this year's spellers:
Thirteen year-old Sean Hickey
, in a record 32 final rounds, out spelled his opponent to win the Citizen Patriot Spelling Bee in March and earn his trip to the national competition.
Seventh grader Gavin Buehler
won his local bee after 48 rounds, more than twice the previous record.
Fifth grader Neha Konakalla
, who spends 30-40 hours a week studying for the bee, says her favorite word is humuhumunukunukuapuaa, a Hawaiian fish.
Eighth grader Hayat Alkadir
's sister Nejat, was a previous Scripps speller, and Hayat herself bested her own brother to get to Washington, D.C. this year.
Eighth grader Lokesh Nagineni
is going to Scripps for the first time this year after being the first runner up at his regional bee in 2013, 2012 and 2011.
Last year's third place winner, Sriram J. Hathwar
, who grew up speaking the Kannada dialect, will be back and looking for a win after being eliminated last year on the word "ptyalagogue."