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Tri-Valley spelling whizzes head to Scripps National Spelling Bee

Dublin teen aims to improve upon last year's 10th-place finish

Three Tri-Valley students -- Arya Reddyvari, Arthur Tang and Anisha Rao -- will be joined by Shreyas Chakravarty from Fremont's Mission San Jose Elementary School at this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Rao is the 2019 California Junior High Spelling Bee Champion. (Courtesy photo)

A trio of Tri-Valley kids will duke it out this week with more than 500 other spelling whizzes from across the country, all eager for the coveted title of 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion.

Anisha Rao, an eighth-grader from Fallon Middle School in Dublin and the 2019 California State Junior High Spelling Bee champion, is attempting a comeback after finishing last year in 10th place at the national competition.

Arya Reddyvari, a seventh-grader from Hart Middle School, and Arthur Tang, a fourth-grader from Walnut Grove Elementary School in Pleasanton, will join Rao at the competition in National Harbor, Md.

The 92nd annual Scripps National Spelling Bee starts this Monday with preliminary multiple-choice tests before moving to the onstage spelling competition, which will be held all day Tuesday and Wednesday. The top 50 spellers will advance to the finals on Thursday before the field of contenders are narrowed down to about a dozen.

Viewers can watch the event on ESPN networks at various times and on the Watch ESPN app; the finals will be televised live on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

The champion will win a prize of $50,000.

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