It's the first time Paul Keaton (Speller 92) has competed in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
But he follows good company. His sister, Emily Keaton, competed for five consecutive years, from 2009 to 2013.
Paul, a Pikeville, Kentucky seventh grader, correctly spelled "curculio" in the round.
Several semifinalist spellers follow their siblings into the Bee.