2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee: The Local Contenders

The finals will be broadcast Thursday night on ESPN

The 89th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee is underway with its preliminary round.

This year, 285 spellers will compete for the title of 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion.

That includes ten children from New England. Those kids are:

Dwaritha Ramesh of Granby, Connecticut: 8th grader at Granby Memorial Middle School

Emily Sun of Boston, Massachusetts: 7th grader at Boston Latin School

Lela Ann Festa of Still River, Massachusetts: 8th grader at the Immaculate Heart of Mary School

Mitchell Robson of Danvers, Massachusetts: 8th grader at St. John's Preparatory School

Sam Fetters of West Tisbury, Massachusetts: 6th grader at West Tisbury School

Arushi Kalpande of Nashua, New Hampshire: 8th grader at Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School

Javier Alicea-Santiago of Orono, Maine: 6th grader at Orono Middle School

Syra Gutow of Castine, Maine: 8th grader at Adams School

Lucinda Maybelle Storz of Lyndonville, Vermont: 7th grader at Thaddeus Stevens School

Christopher Relyea of Lincoln, Rhode Island: 7th grader at Lincoln Middle School

The finals of the Bee will be broadcast Thursday night on ESPN.

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