A pair of local kids are no longer in the running for the title of "top speller."

Aditya Rao from Lopatcong Township, Warren County and Hannah Citsay from Lititz, Lancaster County have been eliminated from the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

They participated in the semifinals, which were held Thursday afternoon in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

Aditya failed to spell "venenate" correctly while Hannah didn't score well enough to make the finals.

The spelling bee includes spelling and vocabulary tests this year.

A competitor from Berks County, Emily Gunkel, lost in the first round.