Here are the students from DC, Maryland and Virginia competing in the Scripps National Spelling Bee

- There are more than 500 students pining for the chance to be crowned the Scripps National Spelling Bee champion.

The students will stand in the spotlight upon the stage at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor for a chance to win more than $40,000 in cash and a lifetime of bragging rights. The preliminary rounds were slated for Tuesday and Wednesday, while the finals were scheduled for Thursday.

Ananya Vinay of Fresno, California captured the title in 2017 when she correctly spelled "marocain," which is a dress fabric.

The District, Maryland and Virginia have 51 students competing, making up nearly 10 percent of the field chasing the championship.

Here are the following students competing in the Scripps National Spelling Bee from the District, Maryland and Virginia:

  • Noah Dooley - Speller No. 13 - Silver Spring, Maryland - St. Augustine Catholic School,
  • Robert Foster - Speller No. 20 - Kensington, Maryland - National Presbyterian School
  • Simon Kirschenbaum - Speller No. 22 - Washington, D.C. - The Washington Informer
  • Maanvi Sarwadi - Speller No. 55 - Elkton, Maryland - Delaware Spelling Bee Collaborative
  • Kayden Wilkins - Speller No. 93 - Upper Marlboro, Maryland - The Washington Informer
  • Sophia Clark - Speller No. 119 - White Marsh, Maryland - The Baltimore Bee
  • Isabel Messina - Speller No. 178 - Annapolis, Maryland - Anne Arundel County Public Schools
  • Storrie Kulynych-Irvin - Speller No. 196 - Annapolis, Maryland - Maryland Sports
  • Sadie Storm - Speller No. 212 - Chesapeake Beach, Maryland - Calvert County Public Schools
  • Jiming Chen, Jr. - Speller No. 214 - Bethesda, Maryland - Takoma Park Middle School
  • Manjeet Nirula - Speller No. 216 - Silver Spring, Maryland - Briggs Chaney Middle School
  • Ava Camille Bautista - Speller No. 221 - Salisbury, Maryland - Wicomico Middle School
  • Abigail Vanasse - Speller No. 226 - Indian Head, Maryland - St. Peter's School
  • Nolan Lizmi - Speller No. 236 - Mount Airy, Maryland - Windsor Knolls Middle School
  • Nicole Tsygan - Speller No. 250 - Parkton, Maryland - Hereford Middle School
  • Saketh Sundar - Speller No. 251 - Clarksville, Maryland - Howard County Library
  • James Gordy - Speller No. 267 - Princess Anne, Maryland - University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • Keerthi Padmanabhan - Speller No. 274 - North Potomac, Maryland - The Meakem Group
  • Charles Millard - Speller No. 277 - Frederick, Maryland - Frederick County Public Libraries
  • Patrick McCarthy - Speller No. 289 - Hagerstown, Maryland - The Herald-Mail
  • Emily Winkler - Speller No. 291 - La Plata, Maryland - Charles County Public Schools
  • Luke Suko - Speller No. 299 - Dayton, Maryland - St. Louis School
  • Veer Tuliani - Speller No. 302 - Ellicott City, Maryland - Wilde Lake Middle School
  • Charity Parrott - Speller No. 304 - Hagerstown, Maryland - Classical Conversations Challenge of Hagerstown
  • Anoushka Upadhye - Speller No. 419 - Ashburn, Virginia - Loudoun County Public Schools
  • Jenna Ng - Speller No. 427 - Lynchburg, Virginia - The News & Advance
  • Aiden Arnett - Speller No. 429 - Morgantown, West Virginia - Mountaineer Middle School
  • Isabelle Aujla - Speller No. 433 - Roanoke, Virginia - The Roanoke Times
  • Sarah Roberts - Speller No. 437 - Hampton, Virginia - Roberts Home School
  • Mary Elizabeth Vaughan - Speller No. 443 - Harrisonburg, Virginia - Thomas Harrison Middle School
  • Finn Irving - Speller No. 444 - Waynesboro, Virginia - The Daily Progress and News Virginian
  • Samantha Ho - Speller No. 448 - Fredericksburg, Virginia - The Free Lance-Star
  • Deeya Patel - Speller No. 449 - Harrisonburg, Virginia - Rockingham District Ruritan
  • Haylie Brimhall - Speller No. 454 - Montclair, Virginia - Herbert J. Saunders Middle School
  • Nikitha Prabhu - Speller No. 458 - Lynchburg, Virginia - James River Day School
  • Eric Kim - Speller No. 462 - Annandale, Virginia - Fairfax County Council of PTAs
  • Simran Patibanda - Speller No. 470 - Woodbridge, Virginia - InsideNoVa/Prince William
  • Luke Lerner - Speller No. 478 - Virginia Beach, Virginia - Great Neck Middle School
  • Vishal Vinjamuri - Speller No. 479 - Ashburn, Virginia - Farmwell Station Middle School
  • Tina Huang - Speller No. 487 - North Tazewell, Virginia - Four Seasons YMCA
  • Ryan Crawford - Speller No. 488 - South Boston, Virginia - Big Brothers and Big Sisters
  • Srivarun Hathwar - Speller No. 494 - Virginia Beach, Virginia - The Virginian-Pilot
  • Daniel Fordham - Speller No. 496 - Fredericksburg, Virginia - Freedom Middle School
  • Fetin Hussain - Speller No. 500 - Oakton, Virginia - Pinnacle Academy
  • Joseph Chambers - Speller No. 505 - Henrico, Virginia - Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Nathan Estep - Speller No. 507 - Berryville, Virginia - The Kids Clubs of Northern Shenandoah Valley
  • Aditya Chezhiyan - Speller No. 509 - Bristow, Virginia - E.H. Marsteller Middle School
  • Elizabeth Safford - Speller No. 513 - Roanoke, Virginia - Roanoke Catholic School
  • Elliott Lee - Speller No. 514 - McLean, Virginia - Longfellow Middle School
  • Sreeram Pillai - Speller No. 515 - Herndon, Virginia – Carson Middle School
  • Anson Cook - Speller No. 517 - Chesapeake, Virginia - Hugo A. Owens Middle School
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