The championship trophy for the Scripps National Spelling Bee stands on stage with competitors at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center May 28, 2019 in National Harbor, Maryland. Students from across the country and around the world compete in the spelling competition, which started in 1925. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Six Louisiana natives are studying their dictionaries as they prepare to compete in the annual Scripps Spelling Bee today in Washington D.C.
The six Louisianans are among only 565 spellers who have qualified for the national competition out of more than eleven million hopefuls.
Ready to compete from Louisiana are Devika Dua of Ruston, Bre'Ann Washington of Monroe, Cal Alexander of Shreveport, Alyssa Walker of Lafayette, Zailia Avant-Garde of New Orleans, and Isaac Phillips of Ponchatoula.
The spelling bee will begin today with a preliminary test followed by onstage spelling tomorrow and the final championship round on Thursday.
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