Bay Area teen advances at Scripps National Spelling Bee

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

May 29, 2013 7:35:46 PM PDT
One Bay Area girl is moving on to the next round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Maryland.

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.