Kasey Torres, speller 244, is back for his second bee. He yanked the microphone down to his level, wrote on the back of his placard and correctly spelled "antipasto" to stay in the bee. He walked away pumping his fists.
Grant Taylor, speller 240, had a big grin on his face as he approached the mic. He skipped back to his seat after correctly spelling "wanton" to stay in the bee.
Shobha Dasari, speller 237, writes on her hand in large script. She correctly spelled "apostrophe" to stay in.
Shobha tied for 19th place in 2013 and 32nd last year.
Olivia Chen, speller 232, pulled the mic down before spelling "elixir" correctly to stay in the bee. She was on her tiptoes trying to reach the mic.
Kalika Bridwell, speller 221, is at her third bee. She's the third of her siblings to compete -- sister Keiko and brother Zane also came to Washington to spell on stage.
Kalika tied for 47th place last year and 43rd in 2013. She spelled "epiphany" correctly and is still in the competition.
There are a number of spelling families that come to the bee year after year. Full speller profiles can be found at spellingbee.com
Razeen Basunia, speller 218, typed "scenario" into the air as he spelled it correctly. He moves on.
Emily Ladines, speller 217, grinned at her sentence for "bellicose." So did the audience:
Henry hates when people call him bellicose and, if they had a second, he would gladly explain why he carries a crossbow and wears war paint whenever he leaves the house.
Atharv Bhave, speller 210, had to pull down the microphone when he came to the stage. He held on to it and spelled "roughhewn" correctly. He's still in.
Eugene Lee, speller 206, correctly spelled "angst" to stay in the competition.
We're through speller 202, Natalie Cha, and so far, everyone's spelling their words correctly in this second half of the round.