These students have a way with words.
Fourteen kids from North Carolina are competing in the 90th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee, which is broadcast on ESPN starting Wednesday.
About 11 million students from the United States, Washington, D.C., American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Department of Defense Schools in Europe participate in local spelling bees, but only the top 291 spellers advance to the finals.
Three spellers are from the Triangle:
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▪ Casper Smith is an eighth-grade student at Clayton Middle School. Casper has high-functioning autism, according to his Scripps profile. When the 13-year-old started elementary school, he had to learn how to talk and interact with his classmates. He loves math and was a top scorer in the Mathcounts competition for Johnston County schools. He wants to study engineering and eventually become a Disney Imagineer.
▪ Jason Sorin is a fifth-grade student at Triangle Day School. Twice a week, Jason visits the local library in Durham to keep up with his avid reading habits, according to his Scripps profile. He also enjoys fencing and helping his father with the New York Times crossword puzzle. This summer, he and his family are traveling to Edinburgh, Scotland, for a year-long sabbatical.
▪ Rohan Sachdev is an eighth-grade student at Carnage Middle School in Raleigh. He tied for 39th place in the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee, and his brother Rahul Sachdev competed in the event last year. Rohan is the the top-ranked tennis player in North Carolina among eighth graders and has traveled all over the United States to play in tournaments, according to his Scripps profile.
Here’s the schedule:
Wednesday, May 31
Preliminaries, Round 2: 8 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Preliminaries, Round 3: 1:15 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday, June 1
Finals, Part 1: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Finals, Part 2: 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Madison Iszler: 919-836-4952; @madisoniszler