MONMOUTH JUNCTION, NJ - Crossroads South Middle School eighth grader Sharvan Vadlamani 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. Vadlamani hails from Dayton and joins 15 other Garden State spellers who qualified for the opportunity to compete in the final round on May 30. Vadlamani is speller number 267 in the field of 560 spellers from all across the nation.

According to her bio on the Scribbs National Spelling Bee's website, the eighth grader enjoys spelling, math and coding. Vadlamani is interested in a possible career in medicine or physics and previously competed in the national spellling bee, tying for 42nd place in the 2018 bee. Karthik Nemmani won the 2018 competition, spelling the word koinonia. Nemmani is from McKinney, Texas.

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 Vadlamani 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
  • Navneeth Murali - Edison
  • Albin Mullan - Parsippany
  • Caroline Kovacs - Hoboken
  • Shruthika Padhy - Cherry Hill
  • Aashi Mishra - Westfield
  • Nitya Kathiravan -Edison
  • Varshaa Venkitesh - Paramus
  • Christopher Serrae - Whitehouse Station