How do you spell hometown pride?

For this 13-year-old Belvidere junior high student, it's pretty easy.

That's because Mera Moucharrafie, from Belvidere, is representing the Rockford area this week at Scripps National Spelling Bee.

According to Moucharrafie's bio, she's a Belvidere Central Middle School student. Her favorite author is R.J. Palacio, while her favorite TV show is Gilmore Girls. Lastly, Moucharrafie's favorite musician is Camila Cabello.

Moucharrafie is one of 519 spellers nationwide participating in the tournament, and one of 26 representing the state of Illinois.

Round 2 Preliminary action at the Scripps National Spelling Bee kicked off at 9:15 a.m. this morning.

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