Two Bay Area teens to compete at national spelling bee

Scripps National Spelling Bee contestants from the Bay Area: Neha Konakalla and Audrey Bantug.

May 29, 2013 5:22:30 AM PDT
Two Bay Area teens are hoping to advance in this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The contestants are 13-year-old Neha Konakalla of Cupertino and 13-year-old Audrey Marie Bantug of San Ramon. They will compete for the national title in Maryland.

The contest has a new twist this year. In addition to knowing how to spell a word, the 281 contestants will also need to know a word's definition.

The first on-stage round begins Wednesday morning at 5 a.m. on ESPN3.