Lexington girl is Kentucky’s only contestant for this year’s national spelling bee

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 3:02 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - It’s that time of year again, the Scripps National Spelling Bee is back, starting on Friday.

While the bee is mostly virtual this year, Kentucky’s only representative is excited to compete. Lindsay Devore is a home-schooled 5th grader in Lexington.

Last year the national bee was canceled because of the pandemic and, a year later, Lindsay is happy to be old enough to participate and compete in the national event.

“I do 300 words a day and we go through 4,000 words every 15 days,” Lindsay said.

This year, because of the pandemic, the state bee only had six participants in it. Lindsay was inspired by her sisters to enter the bee.

“My sisters got to go to the nationals and, so, I wanted to be able to do it too,” Lindsay said.

Lindsay’s mom is proud of her daughter, but also says that while she’s had her other daughters participate in the bee it doesn’t get easier on mom.

“Well, it’s a little nerve-wracking to watch the spelling bee and not know which word is coming next and how’s she’s gonna do,” Kim Devore said. “We’re excited for her, this is a great opportunity.”

Spelling isn’t just Lindsay’s only interest. She says she wants to work with birds when she grows up

“They are tiny and I like tiny things,” Lindsay said.

This year the bee is completely different. Yes, it’s all virtual, but the rounds are also different. Round one is spelling off the list. Round two is vocabulary with a multiple-choice component. Round 3 is off-list words and then so on and so forth.

You can catch Lindsay in action this weekend on ESPN3.

We will be all here in Kentucky cheering Lindsay on throughout the process.

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