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Urbanski goes 2-for-2 in spelling prelims, advances to semifinals

Published: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 1:14 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, May 29, 2014 12:05 a.m. CDT
(Sarah Nader –
Lucas Urbanski (left) and his twin sister, Clare Urbanski, talk to each other after taking photos at the McHenry County Spelling Bee at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Lucas Urbanski beat out his sister, Clare, to win the spelling bee for the fourth consecutive time. Lucas advanced to Thursday's national spelling bee semifinals.

Lucas Urbanski spelled his second and third preliminary round words correctly and was announced as a semifinalist at the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday.

Urbanski – the 14-year-old, four-time reigning McHenry County spelling bee champion – correctly spelled "gymkhana" in the second round and "Yinglish" in round three.

The semifinals will be broadcast from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday on ESPN2. Finalists will be announced immediately after the semifinals, and the championship finals will be broadcast from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday on ESPN.

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