Alexandria student Hailey Jinkins to compete at Scripps National Spelling Bee


The rest of the "most misspelled words" per state ranged from some as short as "liar" (R.I.) and "gray" (Georgia) to longer and more complicated ones such as "pneumonia" (Washington) to "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" (Connecticut) from the movie "Mary Poppins". But in the spelling community, he was a seasoned competitor with an impressive resume.

And so far, she's having fun. "And she understands that it's a contest. and she has a desire to do well in it". She studies etymology and languages of origin.

Siyona said in an interview that she doesn't feel any additional pressure from being considered a favorite. "My final year there it was a girl who, it was her first time in the nationals".

The 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee promises to be more hard than any of the 89 bees that preceded it.

She's is there to coach Melodie and "cheer her on", Ryan said. People in MS, notoriously one of the tougher state names to spell, apparently have their state's spelling down, but struggle with the word "nanny". The spelling bee is single elimination.

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Both of Edith's parents are at the event along with her three little brothers. The family arrived in the D.C. area this weekend. But she knows her experience is an advantage. "That's a big part of it for her".

"There's definitely an established set of favorites, and as you have more well-known spelling bees to compete in, you have more barometers of how well people are going to do", said Mitchell Robson, 15, who finished 7th in last year's bee.

"They have autograph books called bee keepers, and everybody wants to get Edith's autograph", Miller told ABC News.

It provided an opportunity for her daughter to meet people with similar interests.