Hoosier students are bringing skills and confidence to the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Fourteen kids from Indiana hoped to spell their way to the top, but that number has already dwindled after the first preliminary rounds of competition.
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Risha Mehta is from Yorktown. Her days are consumed with spelling. She hopes that will be enough to get her to the semi-finals.
After winning the regional competition in March, Carmel’s Victor Xiao continued to study with laser-sharp focus.
"I work on, like, more specifically -- languages. I try to master language and their rules. It really helps," Xiao said.
He said as long as he can keep his nerves in check, he’s ready to compete.
Watch the Scripps National Spelling Bee semi-finals Thursday on ESPN2 and the finals on ESPN.
For TV schedules and more information about the bee, click here.
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A person was killed in a shooting on Indy’s northeast side Monday night.
Active fire and police personnel will receive free admission to Kings Island August 25-27.
Sen. Joe Donnelly began his re-election campaign in Indiana this week.
Sen. Bernie Sanders made a stop in Indy during his Midwest Pickup Tour to host a job rally on Monument Circle Monday.
Scattered thunderstorms Tuesday, then dry and comfortably cool Wednesday through the weekend.