A Pickerington sixth-grader will be among the students who will gather in Washington, D.C., in May to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

A Pickerington sixth-grader will be among the students who will gather in Washington, D.C., in May to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Over the weekend, Diley Middle School student Joshua Mason qualified to test his skills against the nation's top scholastic spellers after placing first among 56 students competing regionally in the Fairfield County Spelling Bee.

After 15 rounds, Mason reportedly won the regional contest by spelling the word "forthright."

Mason moves on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, scheduled for May 26-28 in the nation's capital.

"It was really fun," Mason said in a press release from the Pickerington Local School District. "I was excited to win," he said.

"I'm a naturally good-speller, though it was a little challenging," Mason said.

"The person who is my alternate this year, he got third last year."

This year's is Mason's first in the Pickerington district. Last year, he was a student in Lancaster and finished second in the regional bee.

According to Pickerington school district officials, other students from the district who performed well in the regional bee were Gabe Ennin of Toll Gate Middle School (second place) and Jacob Greenawalt of Toll Gate (third place).

Kathy Zhong of Toll Gate and Jordan Gray of Harmon Middle School also reportedly finished in the top eight.