HARRISONBURG, Va. -- A local speller who went to the Scripps National Spelling Bee is back home and she's talking about her experience.
Madeline Hall is working as a camp counselor at Interfaith Peace Camp in Harrisonburg his week.
Hall shared that she went to the national spelling bee for the fun.
While she practiced and worked hard for the chance, she also balances a lot of extra curriculars.
When asked if she plans on competing again, Hall said she's not sure.
However, Hall does want to continue writing.
Hall returned from the Scripps National Spelling Bee at the end of May.
Hall said one of her favorite parts was being able to spell on the national stage.
Right now, she is balancing ballet along with volunteering and she's already thinking about her future.
Hall would like to be a broadcast journalist or an author or screen writer.
Hall shared her favorite word to spell and also has some advice for other spellers.
"You have to make sure that you enjoy it. You can't get to the point where you're just spelling words to memorize them you want to have to learn the meanings and enjoy what you're doing, because it is all about having fun and meeting people through the spelling bee," said Hall.
"My favorite word that I've learned through spelling bees is ipilipil all the way. Ipilipil is a philippine shrub and it's a lot of fun to say," said Hall.
Hall was knocked out in the semi-finals.
She spelled everything correctly, but many of the competitors are knocked out because the score is based on preliminary rounds and the written test.
We will keep you posted, because she may be spelling again this year.
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