Two North Texas students are preparing to compete in the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. this week.
Ansun Sujoe, 13, will make his second appearance at the bee. Sujoe is a seventh grader at Bethesda Christian School in Fort Worth.
He plays the piano, guitar and bassoon, and enjoys playing chess and programming robots.
Eighth grader Lokesh Nagineni of Flower Mound will compete for the first time at the bee.
The 14-year-old attends Lamar Middle School, speaks three languages and earned a black belt in karate.
Nagineni wants to study neuroscience at Duke University.
A total of 281 spellers from around the world will participate in the spelling bee.
The preliminary rounds start Wednesday, followed by the semifinals and finals on Thursday.