Meet Akash, the Scripps National Spelling Bee's Youngest Contestant

PHOTO: Six-year-old Akash Vukoti, of San Angelo, Texas, the youngest contestant in the 2016 National Spelling Bee, pulls down his microphone to compete in the preliminaries of the Bee at National Harbor, Md., on May 25, 2016. PlayJacquelyn Martin/AP Photo
WATCH Meet the 1st First-Grader at the Scripps National Spelling Bee

Akash Vukoti of San Angelo, Texas, may be the youngest contestant -- and the first first-grader -- ever to reach the Scripps National Spelling Bee, but he's in it to win it.

"I knew all the words they gave, not just to me but to every speller," Akash said today after his first appearance on the big stage. "My goal actually is to get to the finals."

This year, the 6-year-old joined 284 other children to compete in the national spelling bee for a trophy and $40,000 in cash, among other prizes. The finals air Thursday.

Today, Akash walked on the stage, adjusted the microphone and correctly spelled "inviscate."

At the age of 2, he'd already participated in his first spelling bee. He said he practiced daily with his parents and teachers.

"It takes lots of studying time to win up your bee," Akash told ABC News. "I prepare with a dictionary."

Akash said that when he wasn't prepping for spelling bees, he enjoys playing in the park and swimming in pools.

And thanks to his appearances on the "Steve Harvey Show," as well as Harvey's talent show, "Little Big Shots," thanks to his spelling skills, he's changed his mind on what he wants to be when he grows up.

He said he's opted not be an astronaut and wants to be an actor instead.

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