"Infuriating" is the word Gahanna Middle School West's Sadia Abdalla spelled correctly, qualifying her to compete in Ohio University's Scripps College of Communication Region II spelling bee on March 18.

The eighth-grader is one of 50 students who qualified for the contest to be held at Ohio University Baker University Student Center.

Ashton Cummins, Middle School West's spelling bee adviser, said Sadia earned the highest score in her school's preliminary competition.

"She then went on, along with five other spellers, to compete in the final round at our building," Cummins said. "After winning at our building level, she took an online test against all other building champions in the area. She joins an exclusive group of 50 students from the surrounding region who have advanced on to the regional competition in Athens."

Other Gahanna building champions were Daniela Falzone of Middle School East and Emma Bowles of Middle School South.

After intense rounds of competition at their buildings, all took an online test to try to qualify for the state spelling bee.

"Sadia is a wonderful young lady that has the skills and ability to do anything she puts her mind to," said Aaron Winner, Middle School West principal. "We are extremely proud of her and wish her nothing but the best at Ohio University."

Sadia said she loves to read, so she joined a book club. She said she loves to draw, as well.

Sadia will turn 14 years old on March 20.

After high school, she said, she wants to go to college and study the brain and mental behavior.

"I want to be a psychiatrist when I become older," she said.

Sadia is the daughter of Barre Hussein and Nasra Farah.

More than 11 million students participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee each year.

The National Spelling Bee first started in 1925 when nine newspapers joined together to host a spelling bee.

The purpose is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.

Bee Week 2017 will take place May 28 through June 3 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.

Visit spellingbee.com beginning May 1 for details about the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

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