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Three oklahomans advance 

Saisurya Lakkimsetti, 9, from Tulsa, Okla., walks to the microphone during the 2nd Round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Saisurya Lakkimsetti, 9, from Tulsa, Okla., walks to the microphone during the 2nd Round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


Three Oklahoma middle school students advanced to Day 2 of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Tuesday, including two who took a different path to Washington, D.C.

Shawn Terrado, 11, the 2018 Central Oklahoma Bee champion, advanced to Round 3 set for Wednesday. The finals begin Thursday.

Shawn, 11, a sixth-grader at Elgin Middle School, correctly spelled the word "pharmacopedia" (information concerning drugs and medicinal preparations).

She could not be reached for comment.

Shawn defeated 40 other spellers in March to advance to the national competition. She is sponsored by The Oklahoman Media Company, which coordinates spelling bees for 50 counties in the state, from the school bees to regionals to the Central Oklahoma Spelling Bee.

Also advancing in the preliminary round were Meena Sheshadri of Norman and Caled Albirini of Edmond.

Meena, 12, a seventh-grader at Whittier Middle School, correctly spelled the word "bulbul" (a songbird frequently mentioned in Persian poetry that is probably a nightingale), despite a case of the nerves.

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Saisurya Lakkimsetti, 9, from Tulsa, Okla., walks to the microphone during the 2nd Round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Saisurya Lakkimsetti, 9, from Tulsa, Okla., walks to the microphone during the 2nd Round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›

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