Bay Area teen advances at Scripps National Spelling Bee

Audrey Bantug, an eighth-grader from San Ramon, correctly spelled the words "prosciutto" and "umami," a savory taste sensation. She is one of 42 spellers out of 281 who made it to the semi-finals.

Thursday's competition begins at 11 a.m.

Neha Konakalla of Cupertino, 13, got all her words correct Wednesday, but did not have a high enough score to move on.

The final cut was based on points which included a written test.

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