Lori Anne Madison is just your typical six-year-old. Well, except for that spelling-genius part.
The Associated Press reports that the girl, who could read before she turned two and was too gifted even to be accommodated by a school for the, uh, gifted, is the youngest person ever to have qualified for the Scripps National Spelling Bee, in which she will compete this week.
“She’s like a teenager in a six-year-old body,” Lori Anne’s mom, Sorina, tells the news service. “Her brain—she understands things way ahead of her age.”
To win her regional spelling bee in Virginia, the girl, who is homeschooled, correctly spelled the word “vaquero,” according to the AP. (We’re about 80 percent sure that’s another word for cowboy. Quick! Somebody ask Lori Anne!)
We can’t wait to see how she does against the other competitors (15 is the normal age cut-off). It’d be pretty sweet if she got to spell her favorite word, which, she tells the news service, is “sprachgefühl.” Sorry, we can’t even guess at the meaning of that one.
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