Speller From Chenango County At National Bee

A 12 year old from Chenango County is working her way to the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

According to a local TV station Melodie Loya of Bainbridge took part in a written vocabulary test Tuesday morning.

She is ranked 9th by the Scripps website.

Nearly 300 spellers will be competing for the 50 final spots in the bee that will be televised on ESPN3.