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6-year-old Girl is Youngest Entrant Ever in National Spelling Bee

Lori Anne Madison. Remember that name, because in a few years, she will change your world.

The six-year-old speller (whose favorite word is “sprachgefuhl”) conquered the competition in a regional Virginia spelling bee, earning herself a slot on the national stage along with nearly 300 other kids. According to her parents, she’s already won awards for math and swimming, and has plans to become an astrobiologist.

Since she will be competing against kids twice her age and older, no one expects her to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee title but we say don’t count her out so soon.  Anyone who’s already planning a career in space isn’t going to let a little thing like a misspelled word get in her way.



Photo credit: Flickr/ScrippsBee


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