Syracuse co-champ Hudson Brenner advances at Scripps National Spelling Bee

Four students from Central Pa. are competing in this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee. Clockwise from top right Ganga Sivanta Siddam Sebastian Yaeger Vikram Kakaria Sophie Zhang

Syracuse co-champ Hudson Brenner advances at Scripps National Spelling Bee

Campbell and Castilla are both 13, they're both sponsored by WCPO 9 On Your Side and neither seem phased by the $50,000 cash prize - the largest cash prize in the history of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The three are among 562 students from all 50 US states and seven foreign countries in this year's 92nd national spelling bee.

Any student who spells a word wrong during the oral rounds is automatically eliminated from the competition.

Amulya Ganta is competing at Scripps for the first time and says it's a big deal for her to represent midland on a national platform. It is an invitational program providing an additional path for champion spellers to join the bee.

The other students come from all 50 states, territories and Department of Defense schools in Europe.

The champion receives $50,000, while other top finishers will take home smaller prizes.

Rohan, a seventh-grader from Coppell Middle School West, made his first appearance at nationals past year and finished tied for 10th.

The victor also receives $2,500 and a complete reference library from the dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster; reference works and a three-year online membership from Encyclopedia Britannica, plus trips to Hollywood to appear on the ABC late-night program "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and New York City to appear on the syndicated morning talk show "Live with Kelly and Ryan". The announcement of the finalists will be at about 1:45 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN3 and the ESPN App.

Finals begin at 10 a.m. and run until about 2 p.m. The prime-time portion will air from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App.

While Ganta had to think quick to figure a word she hadn't seen before Gundlapalli got one she was familiar with.

Karthik Nemmani, 14, of McKinney, Texas, won the 2018 bee after correctly spelling "koinonia".

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