Thirteen-year-old Arvind Mahankali of New York has won the Scripps National Spelling bee.
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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Ashwin Veeramani, a seventh grader at Incarante Word Academy in Parma Heights, was elimated from the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday.
A Parma Heights student is among 42 spellers that advanced to the semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday.
Spellers began to be eliminated Wednesday in onstage rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Track all of the spellers, including those from northeast Ohio, and continue checking for updates on the results.
This year 281 spellers will compete from the 50 U.S. states and surrounding territories in the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
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Seventh grader at Incarnate Word Academy in Parma Heights Ashwin Veermani has some big shoes to fill at the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee.