By: Kennedi Walker | CBS 11 NewsBy CBSDFW.com Staff

FRISCO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A Frisco pre-teen came in second place in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. She added one more trophy to her already massive collection.

“Sometimes I just pinch myself when I wake up to make sure it isn’t a dream,” Chaitra Tummala said.

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Her mom says she’s been achieving since she was a toddler

“When Chaitra was 5 years old, I saw that there was a spelling bee happening for kindergarteners… she participated and came first as well,” Divya Potturu said.

It has been a long road from grade school bees to the long-awaited finale. She studies for hours a day, and she never goes anywhere without her gigantic dictionary.

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She never let hard work stop her from having fun. Her trick to success is pretending to write the words on her hands.

“I like the thrill, I like the excitement of knowing the word or not knowing the word,” Tummala said.

Tummala lost in the final round to 14-year-old Zaila Avant-Garde. She misspelled Neroli-oil, but still took home a $25,000 prize. She says next year she hopes to win it all.

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“I never thought I’d make it this far, and it’s been one of my dreams to do this well,” Tummala said.

CBSDFW.com Staff