SAN ANTONIO - Local Scripps National Spelling Bee finalist Alex Iyer visited KENS 5 Friday, and he stumped anchors Sarah Forgany and Barry Davis with a few of the tough words he has mastered.

Iyer placed an impressive seventh at the 2017 national bee.

He was known as "speller 259" during the competition, and he said countless hours of practice earned him a spot alongside other top spellers in the country.

WATCH a Facebook Live interview with Alex and Sarah Forgany

He attends the Geneva School of Boerne and now hopes to help other local students in their quest to qualify for the national bee.