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Children compete at regional spelling bee

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Students from across North Texas came together to compete in the Texas Christian University College of Education Spelling Bee.

They won their school spelling bee, then another round at the district level which would bring only 25 out of 457 competitors to today's event.

Kailey Choi was the youngest student at the spelling bee, just 8-years-old.

Her feet dangled short of the floor as she sat between competitors twice her size.

She spelled words most grown-ups in the room had never heard of, like "wedel" and "Qatari".

Kailey is in the third grade.

Her teachers in Mansfield had an eye on her early on.

"In kindergarten we had the first sign she was going to be a superstar," said Reading Specialist Shelley Gregory.

Kailey's mom, Keum Sook says like her daughter, she wasn't that nervous.

"… Because I already have experience at the districts. She was youngest and shortest one," said Sook.

Kailey kept up with the other competitors until the 14th round.

She was eliminated after misspelling the word "disparity".

The winning word came in the 26th round.

Ansan Sujoe, a 12-year-old from Keller, spelled "eschewal".

For his win, Sujoe receives an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the National Spelling Bee.

He's looking forward to it.

"I like competition … medals on my mantle," said Sujoe.

Kailey says she wasn't sad when she got out she wants to come back next year.

She's already working on her strategy.

"Study twice as hard?" said Kailey.

Who knows, maybe she will succeed next year.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is scheduled for May 28 through May 30 near Washington, D.C.

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