EdWatch: Sanford state spelling champ heads to nationals
By Amy Cherry

Updated Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 1:55pm

A Sanford seventh grader is the state's spelling champ, and now she's heading to the National Scripps Spelling Bee.

WDEL's Amy Cherry profiles her in this week's WDEL Delaware EducationWatch.

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"Plummet. P-L-U-M-M-E-T, plummet."

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That's the winning word that led led 12-year-old Lily Allingham to the National Scripps Spelling Bee in D.C. The Sanford seventh grader beat out more than 60 contestants to represent Delaware, and she says she's a good speller because she spends most of her time with her head buried in books.

"My mom says the house could burn down around me while I was reading a book, and I wouldn't notice so," she laughs.

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She's been reading since age two--a time when some kids can't even speak in full sentences.

"Just reading obsessively, like a lot, and that's kind of how I got into spelling and how I got good at spelling," says Allingham.

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This is her first time going to nationals. Last year, one word ruined her chances--and she'll never forget how to spell it.

"Kuruma. K-U-R-U-M-A, kuruma," she spells.

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But never again, Allingham vowed.

"It's not happening., I'm winning this spelling bee, and it was the best feeling when I actually did win," she says.

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She now spends her days leading up to the May 28th Scripps Spelling Bee reading the dictionary.

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