Meet Park Hill 6th grader spelling her way to national bee

PARK HILL, Mo. - A Park Hill 6th grader already has a gold medal in ice skating, but is hoping to add "champion speller" to her resume.

Peyton Wiewel leaves Sunday for Washington D.C. and the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

"I feel really good going into this, I mean, I hope that I could win," she said.

To get ready, she studies word lists and watches videos of past bees. She has wanted to compete since 4th grade.

"I saw these kids in the spelling bee and they looked like they were having a lot of fun so I thought I'd try it the next year and I got out on the first word. And I got kind of mad and I wanted to try it again the next year and I won that," she said.

The word that got her: compromise.

Preliminary rounds start Tuesday. You can follow the local contestants online at

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