CARMEL, Ind. - One Carmel teen is one of 281 students headed to Washington, D.C. this week to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Alekhya Ankaraju is only 13 years old but she has big plans and aspirations for her future, including hopes of becoming a writer.
Meanwhile, she keeps a dictionary close by her side so that she can brush up on new words to sharpen her skills ahead of the big competition.
"There are definitely going to be a couple curve balls here and there," she said.
Ankaraju also said she gets studying help from her parents and teachers.
Ankaraju is one of 14 students representing Indiana in the bee. Click here for more information on the Indiana spellers.
Computer-based preliminary tests will begin Tuesday and Round Two of the preliminaries start Wednesday morning. For TV schedules and more information about the bee, click here.
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