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2 students from Missouri and 3 from Illinois advance to the semifinals in National Spelling Bee

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Two Missouri students and three Illinois students advanced to the Quarterfinals of the 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The semi-finals begin Wednesday afternoon at 2:30pm CT. Up to 16 participants can advance to the final round, which is scheduled for Thursday at 7pm.

Representative of Missouri and Illinois in seed order are:

  • Sahasrad Sathish (No. 1; Grayslake, Illinois)
  • Rehan Koshy (No. 21; Chicago, Illinois)
  • Ayay Kodali (No. 84; Chicago, Illinois)
  • Anya Shetty (No. 108; Columbia, Missouri)
  • Yash Shelar (#135; St. Louis, Missouri)

These five students compete in a field of 48 students to advance to the finals. So far, each of these students has survived the competition over three preliminary rounds and the quarterfinals.

The preliminary rounds consist of an oral competition, including two spelling rounds and a multiple-choice word meaning round. The quarterfinals and semifinals continue rounds of oral spelling and multiple-choice word meaning until officials declare the end of these events.

In the final round, the remaining spellers are invited to spell in the finals. The final round can stretch over several hours, often lasting until the word list is exhausted. Judges advance through the 25 championship rounds until a champion or joint champions are crowned.

To find streams for the semifinals and finals and follow the latest updates from National Spelling Bee, click here.

Hundreds of students from across the United States and North America took part in the competition, including 22 contestants from Missouri and Illinois. For a full list of participating students, see click here.

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Nate Jones

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