Local Student Heads to Scripps National Spelling Bee

Posted at: 05/24/2013 5:56 PM
Updated at: 05/24/2013 6:20 PM
By: Jenna Lohse

(ABC 6 News) -- Spelling doesn't come easy for everyone, but for 6th grader Tina Farnberg it seems to be second nature. Tina is headed to Washington D.C. to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee next week.

Innocuous is the word that clinched the regional championship for Tina Farnberg and her mom.

"We were just happy that she made it to state, we were ecstatic. I cried when she won because I couldn't believe it," said Tina’s Mom Lisa.

Earning a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee is hard for Tina and her parents to grasp. In part, because this is the first year Tina has competed in spelling bees.

"I never thought I would do spelling bees because at my old school we never had that opportunity," said Tina.

Tina says spelling has always come easy to her, but as each competition gets tougher, she's had to put more time into studying.

"We practice usually like an hour to two hours every night," said Tina.

You can say she's a bit of a ‘spellebrity’ in the area. Her classmates sent her off in style Friday afternoon, on her way to represent Minnesota in Washington D.C.

"It's kind of nerve racking because I know I know all the words but I feel like I don't and there's always more you can study," said Tina.

"She's going to go this year, have fun, see what it's all about, try her best and you know some kids study for a year for this so she says next year she really wants to make it to the finals," said Lisa.

Tina has been studying definitions on top of spelling, because for the first time ever, vocabulary will be part of the competition meaning spellers will have to define the words.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee starts next week. We wish Tina the best of luck!