Arizona spelling champ schools Scott, Kaley before heading to national beePosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- With just days to go before the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., Arizona's representative stopped by for a quick quiz by "Good Morning! Arizona" anchors Scott Pasmore and Kaley O'Kelley.
Sumaita Mulk of Goodyear became Arizona's top speller when she won the 13th annual AEF Arizona Spelling Bee back in March. She won on the word oubliette, which is a type of dungeon with an opening only at the top.
Since that big win, she's been studying and practicing an hour or two every day to prepare for next week's National Spelling Bee. She will will join 276 other spellers vying for the title of 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion.
The preliminary round of the 85th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee is May 30; semifinals are the morning of May 31, with the championship finals taking place that night.
The prizes for the national champion include, among other things, a $30,000 cash prize and an engraved trophy from Scripps, a $4,50 savings bond and complete reference library from Merriam-Webster, and a $5,000 scholar ship from Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation.
The 2011 national champion, Sukanya Roy of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., won on the word cymotrichous.
Since the bee's inception in 1925, only one Arizona speller has won the title. Elizabeth Hess won on the word soubrette in 1953.
In a quick quiz made up of past winning words, Sumaita went three for three.
Best of luck at the National Spelling Bee next week, Sumaita. Arizona's Family will be rooting for you.