Local speller competes in National Spelling Bee

Posted at 10:55 PM, May 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-26 13:20:01-04

The preliminary round of on-stage spelling started Wednesday at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Nearly 300 spellers took the stage and after 10 hours of spelling, 45 spellers are advancing to the finals. A full list of finalists can be found here.

Fifteen-year-old Santino Panzica from West Falls, N.Y. correctly spelled 'myoglobin' in the second round and 'prorogue' in the third round.

Unfortunately, Panzica was eliminated from the finals because he didn't have enough points when combined with his written test scores.

Who will be the next champion? Follow along with #spellingbee on Twitter.