WASHINGTON, D.C. (KSDK) - A Parkway West middle school student is returning to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
Gokul Venkatachalam finished in 10th place last year.
The 12-year-old Chesterfield boy was knocked out after misspelling the word kahikatea.
Gokul is one of 281 spellers in this year's spelling bee.
Computer-based testing starts Tuesday with live broadcasts on ESPN 3 starting Wednesday.