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.
E.W. Scripps is the parent company of RTV6
Police investigating shooting Tuesday morning
A person has been shot on the east side of Indianapolis.
Pre-trial meeting set for molestation suspect
A pre-trial conference is scheduled Tuesday morning for a man suspected of molesting a 4-year-old at a day care.
Cannabis church: No marijuana smoking planned
There will be no sanctioned marijuana use at Wednesday's meeting of the First Church of Cannabis.
State fair: Sweet corn vs. waffle sundaes & more
It’s time to make the ever-so-difficult decision of which dish should win the Signature Food Contest for the 2015 Indiana State Fair.
How will SCOTUS ruling impact religious freedom?
The historic decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states is sparking conversation in places of worship across central Indiana.