OCEANSIDE - An Oceanside fifth-grader is on his way to becoming America's next spelling bee champion.

Dean Creedon, 10, spelt the world "Mordacious," at the Hofstra Regional Scripps Spelling Bee in Hempstead.

Creedon beat out more than 100 of Long Island's best spelling students.

Creedon will represent Long Island in the Scripps National Spelling Bee contest this spring in Washington, D.C.