She joined WFAE's Morning Edition the day before leaving for the nation's capitol to talk about her history as a speller, and how she's getting ready for this year's competition. Earlier televised rounds can be seen on ESPN3. "They were older and they know more words than I do".
The top four spellers from the middle school's spelling bee progressed to WITF's regional event that kicked off with a written test of 25 spelling words and 25 vocabulary words, Markle said.
While Wiggins remains confident heading into the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., he also realizes he will be up against the best of the best in what has arguably become the most widely watched scholastic competition in the world.
This is only the third time since 1970 that there has been a back-to-back victor of the Alabama Spelling Bee, said Susan McDougal of Adventure Travel in Huntsville, the longtime sponsor of the state spelling bee.
There were 55 students in the state spelling bee this year, from public, private, parochial and home schools. Mira fell just short of advancing from the preliminary rounds a year ago and wants to improve on that.
Una said she likely will be less nervous at her second national bee.
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Duffy is 4-4 with a 3.54 ERA in 11 starts for the Royals , who are 21-28 heading into Monday's game against the Detroit Tigers. Braves star Freddie Freeman is on the disabled list with a fractured wrist. "We know how they feel, we lost our guy".
Last year, she had never event been to Washington, D.C., much less competed in a nationally televised event.
This year, Erin is hoping to do even better.
Siyona said in an interview that she doesn't feel any additional pressure from being considered a favorite. "I think just having been there and having experienced the bright lights and being on the stage and the press right in front of you".
"Most of the time people think because you are from Ashaiman you can not make it this far". Also, three of the nine kids who've won the South Asian Spelling Bee have gone on to win the Scripps bee. "We are so proud of her".
"I learned that it was Italian and I let that piece it together".
"It's hard to make working on spelling lists fun", she said, "yet he sits down and he does it every day and i give him a lot of credit for that".
Alabama hasn't had a National Spelling Bee victor since 1974, when Julie Junkin of Pickens County won. She attends Winship Elementary School. She finds other eighth graders who participate in the bee particularly inspiring, since they are often busily preparing for high school while also balancing schoolwork and studying for the bee. "It was hilarious and it was very kind". On June 1, ESPN2 will show coverage from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. for coverage of Rounds 5 and 6, ESPNU will show coverage from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and ESPN will show coverage from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. for coverage of Round 7 finals.