By Malia Rulon Herman, Gannett Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Gokul Venkatachalam of Chesterfield is the lone Missouri speller still competing in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Gokul is one of 42 spellers out of 281 worldwide to advance to this afternoon's semifinal rounds. He's the only one of Missouri's eight spellers.
If the sixth grader from Parkway West Middle School makes it through today's round, he'll compete tonight for a chance to take home the trophy and other prizes.
It's Gokul's second consecutive bee. The 12-year-old tied for 10th place last year.
This year, he's already spelled two words correctly and answered two vocabulary questions. The words he spelled were "accommodate" and "sylph." He correctly defined the words "gulden" and "equilibrium."
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Gannett Washington Bureau