Starkville 5th grader going to national spelling bee

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) – A Starkville 5th grader is heading to the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Soyeon Park is a student at Henderson Elementary. Park won The Commercial Appeal’s 73rd Annual Mid-South Spelling Bee on Saturday.

WTVA-TV ( ) reports Park emerged the winner after 15 rounds, beating more than 50 other students from several states.

Park says she’s nervous about the opportunity but studying for it all the time.

Park’s Language and Writing teacher, Alexis Bush, isn’t surprised at all by her student’s success. She describes Park as one of the best students any teacher could ask for.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee will take place May 25-26 in the District of Columbia.