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Extra Credit: Spelling Bee

By Kym Clark - bio | email

FORREST CITY, AR (WMC-TV) - Forrest City, Arkansas is in the middle of its very own version of "Akeelah and the Bee" as a bright and smiling 14-year-old prepares for the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee contest in Washington, DC.

"O-M-N-I-S-C-I-E-N-T,"  a word that 14 year old Briuana Green can certainly spell, but she wasn't 'all knowing' that her spelling capabilities would take her all the way to the National Spelling Bee in our nation's capitol until it happened.

"We had a spelldown at the school first and I won that, and then I went to the county spelling bee and I won too," she explains. "And then we went to the Midsouth spelling bee and I won that one, and that's how I got to nationals," recalls Briuana.

Now the future lawyer spends every minute she can getting ready for the nationals.

"I try to study as much as I can during the day, and [when] I'm done with my work in class I try to get my little list out and study that."

Teacher and spelling bee sponsor Angela Beard says Briuana, already an excellent student academically, also has an awesome attitude and leadership abilities.

The Forrest City Community is behind Briuana. Classmates and teachers are helping her with mock spelling bees and people are donating money to help offset her expenses while in Washington, DC.

Beard says it's just the community's way of showing support.

"We want her to know that she's not alone in this. She's not just representing Briuana, but she's representing her school, her district, and the entire Midsouth.'"

Briuana Green leaves for Washington, DC on the 30th of this month. The competition begins June 2nd.

She will be joined by Gina Kapadia, the winner of the Memphis/Shelby County Bee, and about 200 other spellers from around the country.

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