The 9th Annual National Spelling Bee will feature its youngest contestant in history, Edith Fuller of Oklahoma.
5-year old Edith, after beating 50 elementary and middle school students during the Green Country Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday qualified for the Scripps National Spelling Bee to be held on May 31 and June 1 in Washington D.C.. She was able to correctly spell 37 words including the word “jnana” which means knowledge.
In an interview with Tulsa World, Annie Fuller, Edith’s mother said that it was only last summer that she discovered her impeccable spelling skills. Despite not being taught how, the girl manages to spell words like “restaurant.”
They began practicing for the bee, learning the spelling and meaning of some of the words that she misspelled in the past. Mrs. Fuller believed that there’s something special with her child.
“Learning the words was so educational. She was able to learn about different countries and cultures and different kinds of food,” Fuller said.
Fuller was amazed that her daughter was able to stick out the 4 competitions. “She likes to move around,” Fuller said. “I’m surprised she sat still for so long.” She was proud her little girl held her own and that she knew she would be a novelty.
Edith was feeling good about the upcoming competition and that she is very thankful.