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May 29, 2013 8:38 PM

Olathe student advances to semifinals at Scripps National Spelling Bee

After two intense days of competition, three-time contestant Vanya Shivashankar of Olathe will advance to the final day of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Two instant-elimination rounds and a harsh cut later — from 239 live-spelling survivors to the top 42 contestants based on preliminary spelling and vocabulary test results — Vanya emerged as the sole semifinalist from the Kansas City area.

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