41 advance to semifinals of National Spelling Bee

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Joshua Sturgill of Sedalia, Mo., pumps his fist after getting the word "aggrandizement" correct during the third round of the National Spelling Bee, Wednesday, May 29, 2013, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Forty-one youngsters have advanced to the semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The 41 had the highest scores after Wednesday's onstage rounds and a computer test that included a vocabulary section for the first time in bee history.

The semifinals are Thursday afternoon. The finals are set for Thursday night, with the winner taking home more than $30,000 in cash and prizes.

Among the contenders is 13-year-old Arvind Mahankali, who finished third each of the past two years. Arvind breezed through his two words — "euphemism" and "belemnoid."

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