Castle North Middle School student Pranav Chandar, of Newburgh, is headed to the finals of the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee.

Pranav's victory in the regionals put him into the national competition in Washington DC, where, yesterday, he correctly spelled "burgoo."

Today, his correct spelling of "stenographer" advanced Pranav into the finals this Thursday.

I'm reminded of my first ever spelling bee in fifth grade. I came in second after misspelling "eucalyptus." I still have to look it up...like I just did.

A huge congratulations to Pranav Chandar for his accomplishments to this point.

Now let's go win this whole thing, buddy!