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Six local whiz-kids pass Round 2 in National Spelling Bee

Round 3, test scores will determine finalists
Posted: 4:19 PM, May 28, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-28 18:41:34-04
Spelling Bee Campbell and Castilla

WASHINGTON, D.C. — All six Cincinnati-area spellers passed their first public test of nerves and advanced to Round 3 in the 2019 National Spelling Bee on Tuesday.

Spellers were on stage in front of ESPN cameras for the first time in Round 2, and the six locals came through with flying colors.

Here are the words they spelled correctly:

  • No. 224 - Tyler Turnpaugh, St. Pius X School, Edgewood, Kentucky (malversation)
  • No. 357 - Noah Paticoff, Symmes Elementary School, Loveland, Ohio (paella)
  • No. 360 - Kolton Manuel, Salem Township Elementary School, Morrow, Ohio (imperious)
  • No. 380 - Henry Campbell, Highlands Middle School, Fort Thomas, Kentucky (friejo)
  • No. 389 - Sebastian Castilla, Schilling School for Gifted Children, Cincinnati (bugia)
  • No. 449 - Sheridan Hennessy, Walnut Hills High School, Cincinnati (Bauhaus)

Campbell and Castilla are sponsored by WCPO 9 On Your Side after winning the regional spelling bees.

Round 3 started Tuesday afternoon with 113 spellers taking their turns and ends Wednesday. Following Round 3, the 50 remaining spellers with the highest scores on Monday's written test will advance to Thursday's finals.

The winner gets $50,000 — the largest cash prize in the history of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

MORE: Meet the six spellers from the Tri-State.

Spelling Bee Local Spellers
Six local spellers will participate in the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee: (Top Row, left to right) Henry Campbell, Sebastian Castilla, Sheridan Hennessy (Bottom row, left to right) Kolton Manuel, Noah Paticoff and Tyler Turnpaugh.

See the ESPN coverage plan below:

Tuesday, May 28

  • Round Two and the beginning of Round Three
  • 9:45 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • ESPN3 and the ESPN App

Wednesday, May 29

  • Round Three continues
  • 8 a.m. to about 4:30 p.m.
  • ESPN3 and the ESPN App
  • The announcement of Finalists is at about 4:45 p.m.

Thursday, May 30

  • Finals begin at 10 a.m. and run until about 2 p.m.
  • Live on ESPN2, livestream on the ESPN App and play along on ESPNU

After a break Thursday, May 30:

  • Primetime Finals continue
  • 8:30 p.m. 10:30 p.m.
  • Live on ESPN, livestream on the ESPN App and play along on ESPNU