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