Sidney, NY (WBNG Binghamton) An eighth grader from Sidney is preparing to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
Molly Youngs, 13, has been practicing her spelling six and a half hours a week since she won the regional bee in early March.
"Ever since I got into middle school, I would enter into the school bee, and then this is the year I've made it past the school bee. I never expected to get it this far," said Youngs.
The Scripps National Spelling Bee is May 28-30 in Washington, D.C.
"I'm excited. I'm not quite nervous yet, but I'm sure I will be nervous on the ride to Washington D.C," she said.
"We're extremely proud of her," said her parents, Josh and Sheri Youngs. "She's worked very hard. We've done a lot of quizzing of her, at home, at diners when we eat. When we're shopping. You see a word, 'Hey, spell that Molly.'"
In the national competition, Molly will compete against 281 other students who won regional bees.
"It's just a great opportunity for her to represent Sidney. I ask her words in the hallway and every time I've asked her, she's got them correct," said Robert Hansen, principal at Sidney Middle School.
Spelling isn't her only specialty, though. Youngs plays piano and percussion in the school band and soccer. She says she wants to go to Catholic University of America, which is where she wants to go to college. Youngs also said she wants to be an author and design computer games.