There will be one local face among the sea of spellers at next week’s Scripps National Spelling Bee.

There will be one local face among the sea of spellers at next week’s Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Jordan Hoffman, who just completed the eighth grade at Pleasant Lea Middle School in Lee’s Summit, will attend the national competition for the third consecutive year. She won the 2012 Jackson County Spelling Bee in March with the word, “syllabus.”

“I think every year that you have more experience is going to continue to help how you do in the competition,” she said. “I am just thankful that there was a spelling bee this year and that I get to continue to compete.”

The national spelling bee begins with the written test. Spellers must spell 50 words, but only 25 count. Each word is recited with pronunciations, part of speech, origin and definition. It will also be used in a sentence. Each word is worth one point and all spellings count toward the preliminary score.

Following the written test, spellers will participate in the preliminary rounds and earn points for each correct word. The overall score will be used to determine who moves on to the semifinals. This year, 278 spellers from throughout the United States as well as countries such as Guam, Ghana and China, will be competing.

The Round One test will be Tuesday with preliminaries, rounds two and three, beginning at 7 a.m. Wednesday. These can be seen live on ESPN3.com.

At the conclusion of the third round, the semifinalists will be determined by combining scores from the written test and the two preliminary rounds.

The semifinals will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday and can be seen live on ESPN2. The championship finals will begin at 7 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN.