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41 advance to semifinals of National Spelling Bee

Published: Wednesday, July 29 2015 10:32 p.m. MDT

Marguerite Arbogast, 13, of Ludington Mich., spells her word during the second round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Wednesday, May 29, 2013.  (Cliff Owen, Associated Press) Marguerite Arbogast, 13, of Ludington Mich., spells her word during the second round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Wednesday, May 29, 2013. (Cliff Owen, Associated Press)

OXON HILL, Md. — Forty-one youngsters have advanced to the semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The 41 had the highest scores after Wednesday's onstage rounds and a computer test that included a vocabulary section for the first time in bee history.

The semifinals are Thursday afternoon. The finals are set for Thursday night, with the winner taking home more than $30,000 in cash and prizes.

Among the contenders is 13-year-old Arvind Mahankali, who finished third each of the past two years. Arvind breezed through his two words — "euphemism" and "belemnoid."

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