Buckeye State student is spelling on the national stage

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NATIONAL HARBOR, MD (Gray DC) - A local student’s spelling abilities rank among the elite across the country. The bright lights are no problem for Hannah Archer, who will soon be attending Fort Frye High School. She is among more than 500 of our nation’s best young spellers at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Hannah Archer is through to the third round after spelling "alphonso" correctly.

“It’s really exciting because I’ve done this for four years and I’ve never gotten to this point,” said Archer.

Hannah is thriving at the Bee, making it to the third round after spelling “alphonso” correctly. She says she is meeting kids from around the country, which puts her at ease knowing she is in the same boat as hundreds of other nervous spellers.

“I just have to remember to stay calm and focus on the words and how I know them,” said Archer.

Hannah says it is her last year of eligibility, so she wants to make the most of her opportunity. Regardless of what happens Hannah knows she is already a hometown hero in Ohio.

“They’re all excited about it and they all say how proud they are of me and it’s just a big deal around where I live,” said Archer.

Hannah is through to the third round which takes place on Wednesday. The finals take place on Thursday.