Gannett Wisconsin Media reports Karelyn Malliet won the state bee in March to clinch the berth in the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition in Maryland.
The Shawano Community Middle School student has been studying daily since at least last summer, using spelling websites, preparation material from bee officials, and even her mother, who quizzes her on words.
She says she not only studies words but patterns within words, which can help her figure out the spelling of a word she may not know.
Some 281 spellers are scheduled to compete, including more than a dozen who have made it to the competition before.
The spelling bee starts Tuesday with a preliminary vocabulary test.