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Six-Year-Old Girl Youngest to Compete in National Spelling Bee

Six-Year-Old Girl Youngest to Compete in National Spelling Bee

While many 6-year-old kids are just learning how to read simple books, Lori Anne Madison from Virginia is headed to the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Madison won the 34th Prince William County Spelling Bee in which she competed against 21 other spellers.  She was actually the youngest in the competition and won against many older contestants, some of who were in middle school.

When Madison was just 3-years-old she started to experiment with spelling words.

“I started reading very early and I read a lot, and that helps. Plus, I work hard and love to find new interesting words in the dictionary.”

Most kids Madison’s age know about 100 common words and I bet Madison can spell them all. She’s also sure to add some new words to her list as she prepares for the national competition where she will compete with contestants from around the world for over $40,000 in cash and prizes.

About the competition Madison says, “I’m very excited. I want to have fun with other kids who love spelling and learn new words. And hope to do my best.”

This is a very impressive little girl who I’m sure won’t ever need to use spell check.

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7:54AM PST on Dec 31, 2012

Thank you Ximinea, for Sharing this!

10:26PM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

Can I get her to tutor my college students?

7:45PM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

I believe I saw her on the news, too. She is a real hoot along with clearly being very intelligent. Something tells me she has a bright future ahead of her :)

1:25PM PDT on Mar 16, 2012

Congratulations Lori Anne! Spelling is one of the most important parts of education, and you seem to have championed it. Keep up the great work!!

12:13PM PDT on Mar 16, 2012

great!

10:50PM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

Thanks for sharing

7:45PM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

It's a good thing she won't need a spellcheck, it is all messed up now. I don't know what they did, but it is quite disturbing.

7:22PM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

Good for her. I think it's great news. I am so excited for her. I bet her family is so proud.

6:29PM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

good for her :)

4:03PM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

Haha- smart girl. ;) I wish I could do that- and I'm how old now...? I still need Spell Check.

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