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Shawano 7th grader Karelyn Malliet begins competing at National Spelling Bee

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - A seventh-grader from Shawano is starting to compete Tuesday at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington.  

13-year-old Karelyn Malliet is making her first appearance at the nationals, after winning the State Spelling Bee in Madison a few weeks ago. The state champ is normally Wisconsin's only entrant in the field of 281.  

Monday morning, they're taking written tests with 24 spelling questions and 24 vocabulary questions. During those exams, they'll earn points toward Wednesday's second and third preliminary rounds. That's when we'll see Karelyn for the first time, when all the spellers will compete verbally on ESPN3.

The survivors move to the semi-finals Wednesday night and Thursday. ESPN's main channel will televise the finals Thursday night.  

Karelyn volunteers at Shawano's humane society, and she plans to be a veterinarian.  

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)