MONTPELIER, Vt. — A Montpelier middle school student has won the Vermont Scripps Spelling Bee and will represent the state at the national contest in Washington, D.C.

Twelve-year-old Raghav Dhandi won the competition on Wednesday by correctly spelling the word “slavering.”

The seventh-grader came in 3rd place in the state last year. He told The Barre-Montpelier Times Argus he thought he had made enough progress to win this year, but the victory still “feels like a dream.”

He received a trophy and $250 for his college education.

Raghav says he is looking forward to the national championship in May, but wishes he had more time to study.