Edison, NJ -  Woodrow Wilson Middle School seventh grader Navneeth Murali  is headed to Maryland to compete in the 92nd Scribbs National Spelling Bee. Bee week begins at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor on Sunday, May 26 and continues through Friday, May 31. Murali joins 15 other Garden State spellers who qualified for the opportunity to compete in the final round on May 30. Murali is speller number 291 in the field of 560 spellers from all across the nation.

According to his bio on the Scribbs National Spelling Bee's website, the seventh grader is learning to play Indian classical music on the electronic keyboard and doesn't miss a chance to play whenever he has time. The 13 year old placed fifth in last year's competition. 

Murali will be joined by fellow Edison resident, Nitya Kathiravan, a fifth grader who attends Rutgers Preparatory School. Kathiravan is speller number 319 and according to her  bio on the Scribbs National Spelling Bee's website, the 10 year old loves to learn about ancient history and write poems, especially those inspired by Shakespeare.

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The competition begins with a multiple choice preliminary spelling test on Monday. Spellers who qualify then move on to onstage competitions on Tuesday and Wednesday. The finalists will go head to head on Thursday. ESPN will broadcast the finals on May 30 at 8:30 p.m. Earlier rounds will be live streamed on ESPN's app.

The other New Jersey students joining Murali and Kathiravan at the 2019 Scribbs National Spelling Bee include:

  • Tia Hu - Jersey City
  • Hannah Campbell - Northfield
  • Sky Lewit - Weehawken
  • Saloni Singh - Secaucus
  • Tai Nakamura - Emerson
  • Aritra Banerjee - Hillsborough
  • Jeremiah Markose - New Milford
  • Sharvani Vadlamani  - Dayton
  • Albin Mullan - Parsippany
  • Caroline Kovacs - Hoboken
  • Shruthika Padhy - Cherry Hill
  • Aashi Mishra - Westfield
  • Varshaa Venkitesh - Paramus
  • Christopher Serrae - Whitehouse Station