Avinash Kumar, an 8th grader at Hidden Oaks Middle School in Palm City, is among 10 area spellers competing in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
This is his first year competing, and to prepare he's studying the roots of words.
“The thing about spelling bees is it's not really just familiarity and memorization. It's also a little bit of logic and using root words to figure out how to spell the words," said Kumar.
The written part of the competition starts Tuesday morning. The on-stage spelling portion begins later in the day.