Columbus fifth-grader competes in Scripps National Spelling Bee

In the corner of Avinav Prem Anand’s living room on the Far North Side is a small table filled with more than a dozen taekwondo medals.

That’s just a sampling of his achievement, however. Upstairs in his bedroom are dozens more.

The fifth-grader at Olentangy Local Schools’ Freedom Trail Elementary is now looking to add yet another achievement to his overflowing collection, albeit a different kind.

A few of Avinav Prem Anand's martial arts medals adorn a table in his family's apartment.

Avinav is competing in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which begins Tuesday and runs through Thursday. He faces 233 other spellers, including 16 fellow Ohioans.

Should Avinav win, he’d be the first from the Buckeye State to do so since 2010.

“It’s my first time, so I’ll just see what happens,” he said. “If I don’t (win), that’s OK. I’ll just come back and try again.”

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