Wauseon eighth grader advances at National Spelling Bee

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Gray DC) -- It was music to Lyla Heising’s ears when she heard the judge say, "Correct!"

Lyla, an eighth grader from Pettisville School correctly spelled “Danube" at the National Spelling Bee Tuesday.

“So far, it’s been really fun. It’s my first time coming to Washington," said Lyla.

It's also her first time at the national bee. It’s taken a lot of work to get here. Lyla’s been competing in spelling bees for four years!

“In third grade, we did a test to see who was going to the spelling bee, and I was chosen, and after that, I found out I really enjoyed spelling," she explained.

It’s not just the students doing the work. Preparing for the national spelling bee is a family affair.

“The studying has been up to her," said Lyla's mom, Sarah Heising. "I try to help her with any materials she might need. But just wanting her to enjoy that she’s earned this trip and make the most out of it.”

As Lyla prepares for Round Three Wednesday, she can only hope that she gets her favorite word to spell: fidelity.

When asked why it's her favorite word, Lyla replied, "It’s fun to say.”