After five hours and 20 tension-filled rounds, "Sikhism" (an Indian religion founded in the late 15th century) was music to her ears.
Hanna called going to the Bee a "great opportunity" and had words of encouragement for anyone who's considering trying out: "I encourage you to do anything- even to pursue any of your dreams".
"Right now, I'm just excited for the overall trip", Kelly said.
Abell Junior High seventh-grader Srikar Chamarthi is in Washington, D.C., this week with 290 other students who are vying for the chance to hoist the trophy that is presented to the victor of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
There were 55 students in the state spelling bee this year, from public, private, parochial and home schools. It's not easy though, they will have to make it past three preliminary rounds, before the finals.
"I'm good at memorizing and my mom and dad encouraged me to do the best I could", Jessie, said.
Ashwin Prasad displays his three Hamilton County Spelling Bee trophies.
Markle said the last time Mechanicsburg had a national spelling bee victor was in 1986 with Jon Pennington, but Ria said she doesn't feel pressure. But in fifth grade, when she was helping her sister Katie study for a bee, she realized she knew all of the words and made a decision to compete. If there's still no victor when the limit is reached, the written test will break the tie.
She said she had trouble paying attention to other spellers while awaiting her turn a year ago because she felt like she "was going to have a heart attack".
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Siyona said in an interview that she doesn't feel any additional pressure from being considered a favorite.
He is going to "have fun while I am there", the Three Village district student said.
This week, Ryan's parents, John and Allison Himmelsbach, brother, Jake, 12, and sister, Ava, 9, will be in the audience for the national spelling bee now in its ninth decade.
She hasn't stopped studying since.
At the 2016 event, Una correctly spelled "divestiture" in the first round of oral spelling before she was eliminated for misspelling "patrilocal" in the second round.
"I learned that it was Italian and I let that piece it together". That earned him an all-expenses-paid trip to the national bee.
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. She attends Winship Elementary School.
"As hard as those words offered those co-champions were, we had a more hard section in our word list but we couldn't go to them because our rules bound us to stick to that 25-word championship word section", Paige Kimble, executive director of the bee, told the Associated Press. "It was hilarious and it was very kind".
Competition Wednesday and Thursday will be televised on ESPN channels.