WASHINGTON - The younger brother of a Scripps National Spelling Bee champion advanced to the semifinals on Wednesday.
Ashwin Veeramani, a seventh grader at Incarnate Word Academy in Parma Heights, is one of 42 semifinalists. He is the only one from northeast Ohio.
Spellers had to correctly spell twice on stage and score highest on Tuesday's computer exams in order to advance.
Ashwin's sister, Anamika, won the bee in 2010. She also got a perfect score on her SAT test last year.
The 13-year-old was sponsored in the spelling bee by The Plain Dealer.
Watch the semifinals starting at 2 p.m. on Thursday on ESPN2.
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