FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Maitri Kovuru won the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee in Fort Worth on Thursday, after a record-breaking 63 rounds and six hours of competitive spelling.

Kovuru, an 8th grader at McClean Middle School, advanced to Washington, D.C. to take part in the national competition.

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Maitri Kovuru of McClean Middle School wins spelling bee (Tom Riehm – CBS 11)

She and another student were doing so well in the contest, the judges had to bring in new words and a written spelling test.

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In the end, Kovuru, 13, was crowned the winner.

“I didn’t think I would win because I don’t think I’ve ever gotten this close and it’s like everything paid off,” Kovuru told CBS 11 afterwards.

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Kovuru also won $200 for her first-place finish.