Lexington area girl competes in National Spelling Bee

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD (Gray DC) -- A Lexington area teen has been eliminated from the Scripps National Spelling Bee, but she performed well Wednesday, spelling two words correctly in the preliminaries.

Thirteen-year-old Tirzah Schanding of Winchester was one of 285 student spellers from across the country who made it to this annual competition outside our nation’s capital.

When asked what it's like to be up on the big stage, Tirzah answered, "Exciting and scary and fun.”

For a girl of few words, she certainly knows a lot of them!

“It was a lot of preparation. I had a list of 400 words, and I memorized every one," said Tirzah.

“I don’t think there’s much more of a high for a parent than seeing your child advance to a national competition like this," said Tirzah's mom, Angela.

Angela couldn’t be more proud. She says her entire family’s love for reading drives Tirzah to spell.

“She really does a lot of it herself. She’s inspired to do it, she likes doing it, so I don’t have to push her too much," said Angela.

It’s Tirzah’s first year here, and she says she has a lot more spell left in her.

“If I lose, I’ll try again, and if I win, I’ll be feeling really good!" she said.

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