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Friday, May 11, 2012

Spelling Bee C-H-A-M-P

Image from Fox News
Do you know how to spell 'vaquero'?  Well 6-year-old Lori Anne Madison sure did as that was the word that won her the Prince William County spelling contest.  “We practiced that word several times because she kept getting it wrong,” her mother, Sorina Vlaicu Madison, said. “We really insisted on that word so I knew for sure she would nail it.”  Lori of Woodbridge, Virginia beat out 21 other contestants from elementary and middle schools, all of which were older than her.  This win makes her the youngest contestant ever in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, an incredible accomplishment for a girl so young.  Lori is believed to be the youngest competitor ever, the Cincinnati-based National Spelling Bee said on Tuesday. Based on incomplete records, the previous youngest contestant was eight, it said.

"My parents quiz me. I read lists and I have a really good memory," Lori, who is home-schooled, told Fox's WTTG-TV. It is truly astonishing the amount of dedication put forth to study these words and lovely to see the obvious joy she gets from being a part of the spelling bees, especially when she’s holding a trophy about as big as her.

The national spelling contest has been held since 1925 with this year's event to be held May 29 to June 1 in Washington D.C., with 277 spellers from the United States, U.S. territories and other countries.  Lori says she is not nervous about the national championship, because she has competed against children who are older than her before, including placing in the top 5 in last years’ county spelling competition.  “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,” she said.  A wise perspective put quite eloquently from this intelligent girl who has everyone falling in love with her and wanting to lend their support.  Lori will be sponsored by the News & Messenger newspaper of Manassas, Virginia, which will cover all travel, accommodation, and meal expenses.  Good luck to Lori and we hope that she has continued success in her spelling bee endeavors.

-Marisa Lindholm
Junior Girl
Girl Museum, Inc.

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