Jiya Shetty competed in the first segment of the Scripps National Spelling Bee

Jiya Shetty, the Smithton Middle School student who won the Columbia Missourian Regional Spelling Bee in March, competed in the first segment of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Saturday. She answered all the questions correctly and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Scripps Bee.

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