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Spell 'Angeleno': No locals advance in National Spelling Bee

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Sad news today from the hive of letters, no L.A. kids will be advancing at this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Thursday's televised semifinals saw only three shining competitors from the Golden State, notes the L.A. Times.

Buzzing into the second day of the word war were 14-year-old Apolonia Gardner of Imperial, San Diego’s 13-year-old Snigdha Nandipati, and 13-year-old San Jose resident Siddharth Kulkarni.

The winner of Thursday's pressure-cooked championship round will receive $30,000 and an endangered species of books, the print edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica.

Now all the adults have to do is figure out the spelling of Angeleno, or is it Angeleño, or is it, um... ooh, Angelino?

Lisa Brenner can be reached via Twitter @lisa_brenner