How do you spell p-r-o-d-i-g-y?
Poised, unruffled and bright as a newly minted penny, Lori Anne Madison returned to the Scripps National Spelling Bee to win yet another trophy. The 6-year-old blonde from Virginia, has just become the youngest speller eligible to participate in the competition.
Lori Anne, who is home-schooled, won over 21 other elementary and middle school spelling champs — all of whom were older than her — to win the bee, which enters her into the national competition.
Her winning word “vaquero,” the Spanish translation of cowboy, put her over the top. Some children might have been intimidated by competing against spellers over twice their age, but Lori took it in her stride. “I was confident because I have been in spelling bees with older kids before and I judge them by who they are, not about age,” the articulate Lori Anne said. “My parents quiz me, I read and I have a really good memory,” she calmly stated.
Watch her self-assured interview on Fox News.
The last phase of the competition can be seen here. It’s well worth your time.