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Reston's Jae Canetti Makes it to Semi-Finals in National Spelling Bee

Jae is a student at Hunters Woods Elementary in Reston.

Jae Canetti at the National Spelling Bee Wednesday; photo courtesy of the Scripps National Spelling Bee
Jae Canetti at the National Spelling Bee Wednesday; photo courtesy of the Scripps National Spelling Bee
Jae Canetti has made it to the semi-finals, in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, officials announced Wednesday.

Jae, 12, is a 6th-grader at Hunters Woods Elementary. This will be his second time in the semi-finals; it is his third time at the spelling bee.

On Wednesday, Jae correctly spelled the word "edaphon" (animal and plant life present in soils).

Jae is one of up to 50 semifinalists.


Coming up next:


  • Semifinals on Thursday, May 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. ESPN2 will broadcast the announcement of championship finalists immediately following the conclusion of Round Six (watch live; play along). 
  • Championship Finals broadcast live on ESPN on Thursday, May 29 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. EDT (watch live; play along). 

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