San Diego spellers pass Day 1 of Scripps National Spelling Bee

Posted at 3:51 PM, May 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-29 18:51:44-04

(KGTV) - Day one of the Scripps National Spelling Bee is in the b-a-g.

Spellers underwent the second round of preliminaries Tuesday in Maryland, kicking things off with the word "unicameral," meaning to have a single chamber.

Going into Wednesday, 452 spellers will take the stage in the next round. Sixty-four spellers will not be moving onto the final preliminary competition. The finals immediately follow on Thursday and Friday.

Local spellers NingXin Sun, of San Diego, Kevin Luo, of San Diego, and Ethan Anderson, of Escondido, each spelled their words correctly to make it to the next round — and hopefully to the finals, where they'll compete for a $40,000 first prize.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee will be streamed live online on WatchESPN.