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North Royalton speller among 41 semifinalists at Spelling Bee

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OXON HILL, Md.  -- Forty-one youngsters have advanced to the semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The 41 had the highest scores after Wednesday's onstage rounds and a computer test that included a vocabulary section for the first time in bee history.

The semifinals are Thursday afternoon. The finals are set for Thursday night, with the winner taking home more than $30,000 in cash and prizes.

Among the contenders is 13-year-old Arvind Mahankali, who finished third each of the past two years. Arvind breezed through his two words - "euphemism" and "belemnoid."

Also among the semi-finalists is Ashwin Veeramani of North Royalton.  His sister won the Bee in 2010.


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