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3 Colorado students among 41 advancing to Scripps National Spelling Bee finals

May 30, 2018 Updated: May 30, 2018 at 5:03 pm
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photo - Jacob Faulk, 14, from Denver, Colo., smiles as he spells his word during the 2nd Round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Jacob Faulk, 14, from Denver, Colo., smiles as he spells his word during the 2nd Round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) 

Three Coloradans are among the 41 competitors advancing to the finals Thursday in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Five have been eliminated, including Rohit V. Paradkar, 13, a seventh-grade student from Discovery Canyon Campus School in north Colorado Springs.

The competition in Oxon Hill, Md., began Tuesday with a record 516 spellers, up from last year's 291.

The three remaining spellers from Colorado are:

- Jacob Faulk, 14, Slavens K-8 School in Denver.

- Cameron Keith, 12, Mackintosh Academy in Boulder.

- Lauren Guo, 12, Wayne Carle Middle School in Westminster.

Cameron has competed twice before, the bee's website says. In 2015, he tied for 50th place, and in 2016, he tied for 18th place.

Colorado has produced seven winners since the contest began in 1925, tied for the country's third-best state, The Denver Post reported. Texas is at the top, with 11 winners.

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Contact Ellie Mulder: 636-0198

Twitter: @lemarie

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