The National Spelling Bee enters round two Wednesday in Maryland. The Northstate will be represented by a U-Prep student.
This is the second time Patrizzia Fox Beaudet, a 7th grader will be at the national competition. Her the first time in the National Competition was in 2012.
On top of her normal school work, she studies 8 hours a week, usually using the dictionary.
Thousands of students from across the company go to the Scripps National Spelling Bee each year to compete for a chance to win $50,000.
The National Spelling Bee started in 1925 with nine contestants.
This year, 281 spellers will converge from eight countries the Bahamas, Canada, China, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea and the United States
Competitors hail from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Department of Defense Schools in Europe.
The first day of competition was Tuesday, but spellers will take to the stage for the first time Wednesday morning. ESPN will broadcast the Championship Finals from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday.