The trophy for the 2012 National Spelling Bee sits on stage before the start of the second round, Wednesday, May 30, 2012, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Updated: Wednesday, 30 May 2012, 2:42 PM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 30 May 2012, 10:43 AM EDT
(WTNH) -- Four students from Connecticut are taking part in the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee, going on in Washington D.C.
Rahul Malayappan , 12, is an eighth grader at Broadview Middle School in Danbury;
Kitty Shortt , 11, is in the fifth grade at Abraham Pierson Elementary School in Clinton;
Lily Wang , 10, is a fifth grade student at Oakdale Elementary School in Oakdale;
Sairah Sheikh , 11, is in the sixth grade at Timothy Edwards Middle School in South Windsor.
In Round 2, all four correctly spelled their words.
In Round 3, they also all spelled their words correctly.
The spelling bee started Tuesday with the round one test. Those scores, and the results of the second and third rounds today, will determine who makes it into the semi finals Thursday morning.
278 spellers are taking part in this year's competition. The youngest is six-year-old Lori Anne Madison from Virginia.
The finals will be held Thursday night and will air live on ESPN.