Local student prepares for Scripps National Spelling Bee

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Hundreds of students are currently preparing to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee next month. 

Kayleigh Malone goes to school at Crestline Middle School in Crawford County. She enjoys singing and watching her favorite TV shows. She also enjoys studying thousands of words as she’s preparing for the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

“If I won, I would honestly cry myself to sleep because that’s a happy feeling to win the National Scripps Spelling Bee,” said Malone

She knows how to spell thousands of words and practices daily with the help of her mom and teachers. She studies the dictionary and uses flash cards.

Malone says she has a strategy when it comes to bigger words.

“What I do is I take the word and make it into a smaller word. And then I just combine them together. And then when I find out there’s like a real big big word I look and see if it’s a Latin word or a Greek word,” said Malone.

What does the school think of Kayleigh’s big spelling bee debut?

“We’re very excited myself included, the principal, the students, the community, the board. It’s a great pleasure to have one of our students go and participate,” said Superintendent Noreen Mullens.

Kayleigh says if she wins, she is most looking forward to the educational opportunities.

“It gives me a scholarship to go to any college I want. And I want to go to Harvard or Yale. I just want to say thank you for trying to support me and I’m happy for myself and for all of you that you helped me get there,” Malone.

Kayleigh will be heading to National Harbor, Maryland for the Scripps National Spelling Bee which will be held beginning May 27.

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