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Down to the finish: 10 make finals in National Spelling Bee, with several familiar faces

Jairam Hathwar, 12, of Corning, N.Y., right, sits on stage during the semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, May 28, 2015,  in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Jairam Hathwar, 12, of Corning, N.Y., right, sits on stage during the semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)  (The Associated Press)

Ten of the nation's most poised young spellers have made it to the finals of the 88th Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The finalists include several veterans of the competition. Thirteen-year-old Vanya Shivashankar is competing for the fifth time. It's her second time in the finals. Her sister, Kavya, won in 2009. If Vanya were to win, they would be the first siblings to accomplish that feat.

Fourteen-year-old Gokul Venkatachalam, finished third last year, just behind the two co-champions. Twelve-year-old Tejas Muthusamy is another returning finalist.

Two other siblings of past champions were eliminated in the semifinals.

The spellers will compete Thursday night for more than $37,000 in cash and prizes.