At just 5 years old, Edith Fuller wowed everyone by winning her regional tournament and becoming the youngest speller to ever advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee!
Edith Fuller may only be 5 years old, but that didn't stop the little girl from becoming the youngest competitor to win the Scripps Green Country Regional Spelling Bee and advance to the finals. As in THE Scripps National Spelling Bee.
The seriously impressive child spent more than four hours outlasting 53 other competitors from elementary and middle schools all over northeast Oklahoma, as she crushed the spelling of 37 insanely complicated words, including euthanasia, baedeker, and jnana.
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Pretty incredible! I mean, I still get tripped up by "your" and "you're" on occasion. So how did a home-schooled 5-year-old manage to get herself on this type of level? Edith's mom Annie told Tulsa World she first became aware of her daughter's talent last summer when she effortlessly spelled the word "restaurant" without ever having been taught.
"We knew there was something special there," Annie explained. Uh, you think?
Edith prepped for the regional comp by studying words with her mom. Every time her daughter spelled something incorrectly, Annie made her look it up in the dictionary. I can't imagine either one of my kids having that type of tenacity at age 5. But of course, all of Edith's hard work paid off. And now in just a few short months, the tiny prodigy will be headed to Washington to take on the National Bee.
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"At five years old, Edith Fuller is the youngest person in history to qualify for the Scripps National Spelling Bee," Scripps posted yesterday on its Facebook page. "We have no doubt she'll spell like a champ in Washington, D.C."
Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and then follow her on Instagram and Twitter.