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Youngest Kid Ever Competes in Scripps National Spelling Bee [VIDEO]

Lori Ann Madison
Jacquelyn Martin, Associated Press

A 6-year-old Virginia girl who started reading before the age of 2is the youngest person ever to qualify for the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Her first book was Dr Suess’s “Hop On Pop.” At the age of 3 Lori Anne competed in her first spelling bee. Now this little girl will compete with 278 contestants in the biggest spelling bee of them all!

Lori Anne’s favorite way to study for bees is through a site called spellingcity.com. Sometimes she picks up books, like Verbomania, that have lists of words that she likes to read in her flowery pink car seat in the back of her mom’s sport-utility vehicle as they shuttle from one activity to another.

Lori Anne has become something of a celebrity since winning a regional competition in March, correctly spelling “vaquero.”  She has her work cut out for her if last year’s winning word is any indication, ‘‘cymotrichous,’’ which means having wavy hair.

The previous winner spelled ‘‘stromuhr,’’ which is a medical instrument.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee will be televised on ESPN. The preliminaries are at 7 p.m. Wednesday, the semifinals at 9 a.m. Thursday and the finals at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Check out the video the final moments of last year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee.

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