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Youngsville girl heads to Washington, D.C. for Scripps National Spelling Bee

Posted at 5:30 PM, May 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-27 15:16:25-04

YOUNGSVILLE, La — Each year the Scripps National Spelling Bee reaches more than 11-million students in big cities and small towns across the United States.

After winning their school and regional competitions, this week more than 500 students will head to Washington, D.C. for the final round of the national competition.

Among those vying for the competition’s first prize of $50,000 is fourteen-year old Alyssa Walker of Youngsville.

“Really she’s kind of amazing, because she doesn’t practice a whole lot,” said Alyssa’s mother, Jennifer. “She can get it so fast, so every night she’ll just glance at a row for maybe ten to fifteen minutes.”

Walker won her school’s spelling bee at Acadiana Renaissance Charter Academy where she beat out more than fifty students from eight parishes to represent Acadiana inn Washington.