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An eighth-grader who attends a Los Alamitos middle school is set to compete Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Jason Khan advanced to the quarterfinals by correctly spelling two words and giving the right answer to a multiple-choice word meaning question for a third.

Jason began Tuesday’s competition at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, by correctly spelling threnody, a poem or song of mourning or lamentation.

In the second round, he correctly answered the multiple-choice word meaning question, “What does it mean to upbraid?” selecting, “reprimand severely.”

Jason correctly spelled diffident, an adjective meaning lacking confidence in one’s self, in the third round.

Jason will be among the 88 spellers from the original field of 234 competing in the quarterfinals, which began at 5 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time Wednesday.

The quarterfinals, semifinals and finals will be streamed live on the free platforms on the ION Plus and Bounce XL channels, which are available via free apps on Smart TVs (Samsung TV+ and Vizio Watchfree+) and other free apps (Roku Channel and Pluto TV) that can be accessed through Smart TVs and connected TV devices like Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV.

The semifinals are set to begin at approximately 1 p.m. Wednesday and the finals at 5 p.m. Thursday.

The 14-year-old qualified for the national bee by winning the Orange County Spelling Bee on March 5. His winning word was ankh, a cross with a top loop, an ancient Egyptian symbol of life.

This is Jason’s only national bee because it is limited to students in eighth grade or below.

An Orange County speller has never won the national bee.

The lone Los Angeles County speller, Justin Tran, a seventh-grader at Chaparral Middle School in Diamond Bar, was eliminated in the first round when he misspelled catjang, a plant in the pea family native to Africa, spelling it katjang.

Justin was among 69 spellers eliminated in the first round.

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