Lori Anne Madison, a 6 year old from Virginia, will become the youngest contestant in the Scripps National Spelling Bee after she won a regional competition in Virginia.
Madison, who is home-schooled, won the Prince William County spelling contest last week. She beat out 21 other competitors at the elementary and middle school level. Madison spelled the word vaquero, which is Spanish for cowboy, in order to win the competition.
My parents quiz me, she told Fox's WTTG-TV. I read lists and I have a really good memory.
Madison said she wasn't nervous because she has competed with older kids before.
I am accepted by any group, she said. I have older and younger friends.
Madison added that her youngest friend is 3 years old and her oldest are 8 years old.
This years spelling contest will be held May 29 to June 1 in Washington. There will be 277 spellers from the United States and its territories and other countries participating. Madison will be sponsored by the News & Messenger newspaper of Manassas, Virginia, according to MSNBC.
Here's Madison's Fox interview