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May 28, 2010 7:46 PM by Veronica White

Local Girl to National Spelling Bee

One local student is off to Washington D.C. for the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

This teenager was chosen from students across the U.S. and other countries for this honor.

Words that are tough to pronounce-- let alone spell-- like tetragrammaton, or grivoiserie, are not too tough for 14-year old Bianca James to spell.

"I think it's a God-given gift, and I'm blessed to have it, but I go over words a lot and they just stick-I don't know how, I don't know why, they just do," says Bianca.

This Lafayette eighth grader is one of only 273 young spellers chosen to compete in the event.

Every day Bianca comes homes from school at L.J. Alleman, and hits the books with her mother, Kim, who says the words are hard even for adults to spell.

"I actually have to go through some of the words she was given in order to test her on those," says Kim.

It started with a school spelling bee-- then the Kiwanis Club bee-- and now Bianca and her mom will head to the nation's capitol next week for the big event.

"I'm excited and nervous at the same time, it's kind of exhilarating," says Bianca.

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