Palm City middle schooler competing in Scripps National Spelling Bee

News 5's James Gherardi reports

News 5's James Gherardi reports

While Wiggins remains confident heading into the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., he also realizes he will be up against the best of the best in what has arguably become the most widely watched scholastic competition in the world. "I would have a hard time with that", said Nair, a radiologist who also has a 2-year-old daughter.

There will be more to the experience than the spelling bee.

"What is going to happen if my little one beats the oldest?" Black attested to, but he added he put in quite a bit of effort prior to taking the local bee stage.

"My classmates are excited for me", he said.

"Even going through the whole path, I've learned a ton".

"Silas was actually shaking on the stage in the first few rounds", Mrs.

"You can hit it pretty hard for 45 minutes, and we have, and then it's like, aahhh, let's take a break", said Una's mother, Rachel VanWynsberghe. "He was holding his stomach".

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They plan visit the Washington National Cathedral and head to Georgetown to grab something sweet.

"After the show, we will go to a nearby soda fountain and then back to the hotel", the letter read.

"They cut out pictures of bees and wrote good luck on the bees", Erin said.

Eldest sister Jasmine, at the time an eighth grader at Edison High School, was the first to go to the Scripps national bee in 2015, as a representative of Jefferson and Harrison counties.

Scripps began sponsoring the bee in 1925, when just nine newspapers participated.

Wiggins spelled "femininity" for the win at Hobart and William Smith, although he and Penird ripped through a number of uncommon, obscure words in the rounds before that.

This year's spelling bee will be special not just because its the 90th year of the event, but because it features the youngest competitor ever: Edith Fuller of Tulsa, Oklahoma, who is six years old.

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Bethanya will head up to D.C. on Sunday for the start of "bee week", which includes an opening ceremony, sightseeing and several days devoted exclusively to the competition.

Just as Harmony did previous year, Silas has been studying with the help of Jasmine.

Srikar is competing at Scripps for the second consecutive year after winning the Reporter-Telegram's 30th annual Regional Spelling Bee in February.

That's unless youngest brother Justus, now a fifth grader, happens to enter the competition.

Kelly hadn't planned to compete in school or regional bees, and didn't in fourth grade. It's not easy though, they will have to make it past three preliminary rounds, before the finals.

And when she's stumped on how to spell a word, she said asking for the language of origin can help. Spellers are given one hour to complete the test, and no eliminations take place during this round. Competitors can earn up to 30 points through the test, which will come into play right before the finals.

Markle said the last time Mechanicsburg had a national spelling bee victor was in 1986 with Jon Pennington, but Ria said she doesn't feel pressure.

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Alabama hasn't had a National Spelling Bee victor since 1974, when Julie Junkin of Pickens County won.

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