19 Ohio Kids Advance to 3rd Round of National Spelling Bee

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Two 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee contestants high five while another claps. - Photo via flickr user Scripps National Spelling Bee
Photo via flickr user Scripps National Spelling Bee
Two 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee contestants high five while another claps.

After a grueling first of day of competition, 19 kids from Ohio have made it to the third round of competitive spelling at the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee.


Out of 11 million students, 519 spellers across the country, ages 8 to 15, advanced from their classrooms to the renowned Bee’s stage at the Gaylord National Harbor Convention Center in Maryland this week. Yesterday, the kids took a multiple choice spelling and vocabulary test, and orally spelled a word on stage in front of hundreds of people. Today, the remaining 452 students continue on with the hopes of making it to tomorrow's finals.

But, honestly, Bee Week is about so much more than trying to spell "pierrot" correctly, like Southern Local Elementary School (of Salineville, Ohio) sixth grader Justus Black did. The Bee's goal is to help students improve their spelling, build vocabularies, understand concepts, learn skills and make friends ... plus offer free time to explore the National Harbor.

However, prizes at stake for the champion speller are well worth the hype. They include more than $40,000 cash, an engraved trophy and, the best part, a pizza party.

Catch these young masters of morphology in action this week on ESPN. And also check out what the Bee is all about with this video below:

Here are the 19 contestants (out of 23) from Ohio competing today (alphabetical by last name):

Hannah Archer, Fort Frye High School, eighth grader
Justus Black, Southern Local Elementary School, sixth grader
Maeve Brett-Vasko, Corpus Christi Academy, eighth grader
Irene Calderon, Summit Country Day School, eighth grader
Snehal Choudhury, Jackson Memorial Middle School, eighth grader
Aiden Clerico, West Jefferson Middle School, eighth grader
Daniela Danilova, Lee Burneson Middle School, eighth grader
Matthew Dufour, Superior Intermediate School, fifth grader
Joshua George, Holy Angels Catholic School, eighth grader
Joel Greenly, Midview Middle School, eighth grader
Lyla Heising, Pettisville Junior High School, eighth grader
Anna Liu, Hudson Middle School, seventh grader
Akhil Madala, Willard Grizzell Middle School, sixth grader
Kayleigh Malone, Crestline High School, seventh grader
Grace McKeegan, Heart of Mary Homeschool Association, eighth grader
Bella Pinto, Bristol High School, eighth grader
Nilla Rajan, Bishop Flaget School, seventh grader
Maggie Sheridan, Lexington Junior High School, eighth grader
Henry Warren, University School Shaker Campus, eighth grader

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