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Bak Middle School sixth grader set to compete in Scripps National Spelling Bee

Posted: 4:30 AM, May 25, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-25 09:16:09Z
Bak Middle student ready for spelling bee

Arik Karim was inspired to compete in spelling bees after watching the Scripps National Spelling Bee on television a few years ago.

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Now, Karim will compete against those who inspire him.

Karim is a sixth grader at Bak Middle School of the Arts in West Palm Beach.

Karim said he has a system he uses once he hears the word. He calls it “A.L.T.,” meaning "Ask, Listen Think."

“It really helps out and when you pay attention to it, you can spell the word easily,” Karim said.

Since Karim is only in the sixth grade, he could compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee again next year. Students can compete until they reach high school.