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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Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra5 years ago

Thank you Ximinea, for Sharing this!

Susan Robinson
Susan Robinson5 years ago

Can I get her to tutor my college students?

Megan Camarena
Megan Camarena5 years ago

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 :)

Elizabeth M.
Elizabeth M5 years ago

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!!

Vicky Pitchford
Vicky P5 years ago


Parvez Zuberi
Parvez Zuberi5 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Sunkamanitu Wicasta
Rev. Nagi Mato5 years ago

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.

Donna B.
Donna B5 years ago

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

Joy Jin
Joy Jin5 years ago

good for her :)

Ash Ku
Ash Ku5 years ago

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