By Amy Cherry 1:28pm, May 22, 2013 - Updated 1:55pm, May 22, 2013A 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.
"Plummet. P-L-U-M-M-E-T, plummet."
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.
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.
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.
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.
She now spends her days leading up to the May 28th Scripps Spelling Bee reading the dictionary.
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