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Kern County speller preps for National Bee

Posted at 12:02 PM, May 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-21 15:04:04-04

Thalia Nguyen will be representing Kern County at the Scripps National Spelling Bee starting on Tuesday in Maryland.

The talented 12-year-old from Freedom Middle School also plays multiple instruments and sports, including golf and volleyball.

She also participates in dance and has a black belt in Taekwondo, but right now she's focused on getting ready for the national competition.

"I kind of use prior knowledge to spell my words and I also have a little bit of photographic memory," said Nguyen.

"So when I look at words it helps me, so I can spell them."

The three-day event begins Tuesday and the finals will take place on Thursday.

When the event begins, you'll be able to stream it here and on our mobile and tablet apps.