On Thursday, the semifinals will be televised from 2 to 5 p.m. on ESPN2, and the finals on ESPN from 8 to 10 p.m.
Gene and Stephanie Coccari, Lauren's mom and dad, have helped her study in the evenings since she has arrived at the hotel. But the family has spent more time having fun in the city with the other contestants.
After a quick orientation event Monday morning, Lauren and the rest of the spellers traveled to a cookout at the Pavilions of Turkey Run in McLean, Va. The site offers colonial-style grills, sports and inflatables.
Every speller has been given a "bee keeper" book, Lauren said. It includes a picture of every speller and a brief biography.
"They let us go around and get other spellers' signatures," Lauren said.
After her test Tuesday, Lauren set off with her parents to do a little sightseeing. They took the Metro subway system to the National Museum of the American Indian.
"We all kind of wanted to go there when we were in D.C. last time, but we didn't get time," Lauren said. "So we're doing it now, first thing."
The family hadn't made any plans for today. Lauren is focused on battling her way through the next rounds in the hopes of advancing to the semifinals.
Lauren, who is speller number 275, is slated to appear on stage between 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. today.
There are three other competitors from West Virginia, all representing newspaper readership areas: Louis Aldridge, 11, of Bridgeport, representing the Exponent-Telegram of Clarksburg; Aarohi Srivastave, 13, of Morgantown, representing the Dominion Post; and Lillian Taylor Bischof, 12, of Wheeling, representing The Catholic Spirit.
Those three are scheduled for their televised spellings about the same time as Lauren. Any who advances from the first oral round will spell again between 3:15 and 4:45 this afternoon.
Lauren's all-expense-paid trip to the bee is sponsored by the Gazette-Mail, the West Virginia Automobile and Truck Dealers Association and the College Foundation of West Virginia, or cfwv.com.
She won several other prizes, including a $2,500 college savings account from the state treasurer's SMART529 program.
Contact writer Dave Boucher at 304-348-4843 or david.boucher @dailymail.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/Dave_Boucher1.
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