OXON HILL, Md. (KGO) --A Bay Area teen is one of 46 competitors heading to Thursday's semi-finals at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Neha Konakalla advanced to the semi-finals on Wednesday after correctly spelling the word "tarpaulin."
The 14-year-old attends Sam H. Lawson Middle School in Cupertino.
Shirlyn Prabahar, 13, from San Ramon is out of the competition despite spelling a word on Wednesday correctly. The scores are based on a computerized spelling and vocabulary test in addition to the oral event.
The semi-finals take place Thursday morning followed by the final event on Thursday night.
The winner will receive more than $33,000 in cash and prizes.