And then there were two. Two Missouri students have advanced to today’s semifinals round of the national spelling bee.

Garrett Fry of Lee’s Summit and Sonia Kulkarni of St. Louis are still standing in the competition.

Any words in the Merriam Webster Unabridged Dictionary are on the table. That is up to a half-million words.

The words given to students are not a walk in the park. Fry correctly spelled the word “umbonulate.” Kulkarni correctly spelled the word “lumpen.”

The semifinals round begins at 1:30 p.m.

One winner will take the trophy in the 96th annual bee on Thursday night.

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