The most famous spelling bee of all in underway and the competition is F - I - E - R - C- E.
275 spellers from across the nation participated in the preliminary rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee Wednesday.
Spellers are vying for over $30,000 in cash, prizes and scholarships and of course an engraved trophy.
Representing Central Illinois, is 14 year-old Phillip Copeland from Dunlap Valley Middle School.
Unfortunately, Copeland did not make it to the semi-finals.
The nail biting competition concludes Thursday.