Fifteen spellers left standing on grueling final day of National Spelling Bee

  • Fifteen spellers advance into Thursday night’s championship finals
  • Tejas Muthusamy, Shourav Dasari among favorites after day session
  • Winner to receive trophy and more than $40,000 in cash and prizes

As the Scripps National Spelling Bee inched its way through the four grueling rounds that would determine the primetime finalists, two spellers seemed like young men among boys and girls.

Sitting on opposite sides of the stage, veteran spellers Tejas Muthusamy and Shourav Dasari, both 14, handled their time at the microphone with ease and flair. Both came into the bee with high expectations and were among the 15 spellers competing Thursday night for a trophy and more than $40,000 in cash and prizes.

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