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Three local students are advancing to the Bay Area Regional Spelling Bee – a contest set to take place this Saturday.

Encinal School fifth grader Riaan Shetty, Hillview Middle School eighth grader Benjamin Goudge, and Nativity Elementary School sixth grader Bridget Semler are among the 51 kids who qualified to participate in the regional event on Feb. 29 at Pleasanton's Amador Theater, according to a spokesperson for The E. W. Scripps Company, which runs the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

This is Riaan's third consecutive year as Encinal's spelling bee champion, said Parke Treadway, the Menlo Park City School District's public information officer.

Winners of the local school spelling bees participated in an online spelling challenge and had to earn a score of at least 31 out of 50 possible points to qualify for the regional event.

The winner of the regional spelling bee will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.

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