INDIANAPOLIS — Eighth-grader Victor Xiao will represent Marion County in the Scripps National Spelling Bee on May 25 to 31 in Washington, D.C.
Xiao, a Park Tudor Middle School student, placed first in the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis on Wednesday night, winning in the 60th round by correctly spelling the word “flippant.”
In addition to an expenses-paid trip to the national competition, Xiao earned a Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.
The top three spellers each received a trophy. Kalysta Lee, an eighth-grader at St. Simon the Apostle School, won second place; sixth-grader Larisa Tuttle of Tuttle Homeschool placed third.
Veteran WIBC News and Network Indiana reporter Eric Berman was the pronouncer for the event, which was open to the public.