NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio - The Scripps National Spelling Bee is well underway in Washington DC and a local 14-year-old boy is trying to bring home the trophy.
Ashwin Veeramani from North Royalton made it to the semifinals last year finishing in 33rd place. His sister Namica won the bee in 2010.
Ashwin is an 8th grader at Incarnate Word Academy.
He studied words five hours on weekdays, eight hours on weekends and hopes that will make the difference this year.
"I’ve studied better and I’ve prepared harder I hope with that comes some improvement in the placement,” said Veeramani.
Ashwin has made it to the finals in the spelling bee, correctly spelling ingénue, botuliform, daphnean and extincteur.
The final round begins Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
Ashwin is among 281 spellers, who began the competition,