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Youngest Qualifier for National Spelling Bee


By age 5, the typical child is mastering the letters of the alphabet and learning to spell simple consonant-vowel-consonant words.

Edith Fuller is not your typical 5-year-old.

Fuller recently won the Green Country Regional Spelling Bee in Tulsa, Okla., earning a berth in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, to be held in Washington D.C. in May. Fuller is the youngest qualifier for the national contest ever and beat out more than 50 participants, including many 14-year-old eight graders.

In the regional event, Fuller spelled 37 words correctly, including the final word, “jnana.” Other words included “colloquial”, “chauvinism” and ” sarsaparilla.”

Does your school have a spelling bee?