Wiggins said in addition to the spelling bee, he is looking forward to a Memorial Day barbecue for the competitors and their families at Nationals Park, where the Washington Nationals major league baseball team plays.
The eighth-grade West Branch student is in Washington, D.C., to compete in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee. Capito shared personal stories and learned more about the Mills family during their visit before arranging a tour of the Capitol building.
In an interview with Tulsa World, Edith's mother, Annie, said that her daughter showcased her knack for spelling nearly immediately.
But things have changed since Kelly was 4.
"I just take like a deep breath and when they give me the word, I just like think it over in my head", he said, thinking back to how he won the county bee.
Kelly hadn't planned to compete in school or regional bees, and didn't in fourth grade.
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His mother offered this advice: "We say - 'Just go for it".
All onstage rounds of the bee take place in the Maryland Ballroom at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.
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"I think the seventh-grade contest went a little longer, but this year there were more hard words", said Prasad, whose parents were born in India.
Hannah said she likes playing with Rachel and Sarah, sometimes breaking out Mario Kart on the Wii.
Of course, the entire Mountain Gap student body and faculty, along with the Madison County Bee sponsors, the Huntsville Kiwanis Club, will be cheering her on, as will the entire state.
To prepare for the national competition, Ria said she's read every listed word in a voluminous unabridged English dictionary that her parents purchased for the occasion.
"I can learn about different subjects and it's a lot of fun for me", Rakesh said.
The exam will have 12 spelling words and 12 multiple choice vocabulary words.
"I never taught Ria, but I know how dedicated she is to studying", said English teacher Brooke Markle, Mechanicsburg Middle School's spelling bee coordinator.
"It's really nice to see the community supporting her", said Matthews.
We understand most every speller in the national event has practiced hard and is deserving of whatever success they attain.
That field will be winnowed in preliminary rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday, then further trimmed to about a dozen finalists during Thursday's rigorous day session, setting the stage for the nationally televised championship final on Thursday night.