WATCH: Scripps National Spelling Bee Still Underway

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KNWA via NBC — At the beginning of the week, there were 285 hopeful contenders in the National Spelling Bee contest hoping to be the best speller in the country. When competition began in Thursday’s semi-final rounds only 49 kids were left.

There is a huge trophy and more than $37,000 in cash and prizes that will be awarded .

Among this year’s semi-finalists are three kids who made it to the finals last year. Three kids with siblings who were champions were also in today’s starting line up.

For the first time, the bee is ranking spellers based on how well they did on two spelling and vocabulary tests. The top 12 who do not miss a single word in the semi-finals will make it to the final rounds that can be seen in prime time tonight on the ESPN network.

You can meet the finalists HERE.

Want to test your spelling skills? Take the official test HERE.

You can watch the semi finals on Watch ESPN HERE.

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