Youngest Pro Speller Ever!
Lori Anne Madison continues to dazzle and delight the crowds at the Scripps National Spelling Bee!
Lori Anne is making history as the YOUNGEST person to compete. On Wednesday, she spelled her first word, "dirigible," correctly. She missed her second word though but she has set a record and the bar for fellow spellers.
The second-grader joined 277 other contestants, marking a milestone in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, according to the event's record books dating to 1993.
Lori Anne defeated 21 children in the regional bee in Prince William County in Virginia, earning a spot in the national bee.
She won by spelling the word "vaquero," the Spanish translation of "cowboy" often used in parts of the South.
While she loves spelling, Lori Anne has other interests as well. AUDIO
She likes to study while swinging upside down or jumping on her trampoline, according to her bio on the event's website. She's also a competitive swimmer, has won math and science awards, and takes karate, dance and tennis classes.
A total of 278 young spellers were competing for a series of prizes, including a $30,000 cash prize, an engraved trophy, a $2,500 U.S. savings bond and a $5,000 scholarship.
Spellers range between ages 6 and 15, and come from all 50 states and U.S. territories. They also include competitors from other nations, including China, Canada, Ghana and Japan.
The semi finals are tonight.