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Two students from the East compete in National Spelling Bee

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - Smart children have now spelled their first words onstage at the 87th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee.
    
14 competitors are from North Carolina this year; 2 of them from the east.

12-year-old Zachary Malloy is from Wilson. He's a 6th grader at Springfield Middle.

And 13-year-old Lauren Lim is back for her second try at the national title. She's an 8th grader at Hope Middle School in Pitt County.
    
9 On Your Side caught up with one of Lim's teachers Wednesday.

"She studies a lot,” said Kathy Banning, teacher, Hope Middle School. “She has taken it upon herself to learn how to spell a lot. She's a very logical thinker, and I think that sometimes plays into her ability to spell really well. She hears sounds very well."

No students from North Carolina made it to the next round.
    
The finals are set for Thursday night. The winner gets more than $33,000 in cash and prizes.
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