A Knoxville girl is in the preliminary rounds of the National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.

Lydia Pulsinelli, 13, goes to West Valley Middle School.

The top 50 spellers will advance to the final rounds.

Her mom tells us she spelled both of her word correctly: "Ichneumon" and "neurosurgery."

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Unfortunately, her mother said she was one point shy of making it into to the final 40 spellers.

The final rounds of the spelling bee will begin Thursday at 10 a.m. on ESPN2.

She has participated in plays at the Knoxville Children's Theatre.

There have been many folks to reach the National Spelling Bee such as Laurel Kuykendall Mullins of Caryville, Tenn. and Ned G. Andrews of Oliver Springs, Tenn.

You can test your spelling here from the 2016 Scripps Spelling Bee and see if you would have qualified for the finals.