May 28, 2014 6:37 PM

Olathe’s Vanya Shivashankar advances to spelling bee semifinals, but KC’s Kush Sharma does not

Vanya Shivashankar, a 12-year-old who attends California Trail Middle School, will compete Thursday to try to match the achievement of her sister. Kavya Shivashankar, now a freshman studying neuroscience at Columbia University, was the 2009 national champion.

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