Spelling-savvy students took to the stage in Rochester Tuesday afternoon for The 2018 Southeast Minnesota Spelling Bee Final.
Out spelling 12 other students from across southeastern Minnesota, Northfield 8th grader Ava Becken walked out of the bee as Grand Champion.
After 21 rounds, 'triturate' was the word that allowed Brecken to come out of Tuesday's Final Spelling Bee victorious.
"I kind of just had this feeling that I would do good," said Becken.
When it comes time for Becken to spell a word, the question that helps her the most, is language of origin.
"Languages have different word patterns and if you know those, you can get a good idea of the word," said Becken.
Rochester's own Lukas Singer won 1st runner-up, but wasn't too interested at sharing his study habits.
"My method is actually top-secret, so I wouldn't want to give that away," said Singer.
So what all goes into preparing for a spelling bee?
"Just go over the words and really know your word patterns and just double check each word," said Singer. "You have to go through that packet that they give you, it's like 14 pages. So it's a lot of studying."
It takes time to become a exceptional speller, but these young experts have a few words of advice to pass along to other kids who want to up their spelling games.
"You really just have to know those words, know the word patterns," said Singer. "After you've practiced enough, it'll really just all click."
"I would say read a lot, that helps," said Becken. "Because if you don't know the word when it's said but you've read it before, that helps you a lot."
The 91st Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee will be held in Washington, D.C. during the week of May 27th to June 2nd.