• Akash Vukoti, 6, of San Angelo, Texas, tries to shorten the microphone before spelling his word during the preliminary round two of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Md., Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Vukoti is the youngest speller in this year competition. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

    Memorable moments from the National Spelling Bee

    OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The 284 kids competing in this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee got their first opportunity to approach the microphone on Wednesday — and to hear the dreaded bell that signals an incorrect spelling. At the end of Wednesday’s onstage rounds, the field was cut to 45 spellers for Thursday’s finals.

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  • In this May 15, 2016, file photo, Katie Ledecky swims the breaststroke leg of the 200-meter individual medley finals at the Atlanta Classic swim meet at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. Ledecky is poised to be one of the biggest stars at the Rio Olympics, but there’s nothing flashy about her away from the pool. She has yet to get her driver’s license, enjoys playing board games, is a fan of Bruce Springsteen, and has no plans to cash in on her expected success. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

    Poised for stardom in Rio, Ledecky shies away from spotlight

    NORTH BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — When an athlete is poised to become a huge Olympic star, it’s only natural to wonder what might come next.