Hoosier kids bring confidence to Scripps National Spelling bee

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.

E.W. Scripps is the parent company of RTV6 

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