WOODBURY - (AP) - A 10-year-old boy is heading for the national spelling bee competition after coming in first on LongIsland.

Naman Shakrani, a student at W.T. Clarke Middle School in EastMeadow, competed against the top 21 spellers in the finals of LongIsland's annual spelling bee. After 10 rounds, he won on Thursdayafter successfully spelling "noctograph," a writing instrumentused by the blind.

Now, he's headed for the National Bee in suburban Maryland onJune 1-2.

His father, Kamlesh Shakrani, said Naman studied by memorizingthe hardest words he could find in a 2,600-page dictionary.

The Long Island contestants had to win bees at their localschools, then more than 100 spellers completed a written test to bein the finals.