Meet The Youngest Competitor At The National Spelling Bee

Akash Vukoti is the only 6-year-old among the 285 contestants in this National Spelling Bee.

Home-schooled first-grader Akash Vukoti of San Angelo, age 6, is the youngest contestant, competing against more than 280 spellers for the title of Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion. He has been competing in spelling bees since 2012, when he was 2.

Akash is competing against seventh- and eighth-graders, and it will be tough, his father said.