May 28, 2024 - Education

2 Philly smarties competing in National Spelling Bee

Jayden Jiang, Leul Geremew

Jayden Jiang and Leul Geremew are aiming to bring home the spelling title to the Philly region. Photo: Courtesy of Scripps National Spelling Bee

The Scripps National Spelling Bee kicks off today in National Harbor, Maryland.

Why it matters: Nine Pennsylvania whiz kids are vying for the crown of world's best speller.

Driving the news: More than 240 contestants are competing in preliminaries, which begin at 8am this morning and can be watched on ION Plus.

Zoom in: Representing the Philly region are 13-year-old Leul Geremew of Mays Landing, New Jersey, and 10-year-old Jayden Jiang of South Philly.

What they're saying: Axios asked Leul and Jayden what relatively easy word they commonly misspell:

  • Leul: Satellite
  • 🍇 Jayden: Raisen

What's next: The quarterfinals are Wednesday from 8am-1pm.

  • Semifinals: 8-10pm
  • Finals: Thursday, 8-10pm.
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