A new record that will go down in history forever.
Six year-old Lori Anne Madison, of Woodbridge, Va. is on her way with her parents to Washington, D.C., for the May 29 to June 1 Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee.
Home-schooled, Lori beat out 21 of the best spellers from elementary and middle schools in Prince William County, Va earning a slot at amongst the 277 other children from around the world.
Since the conception of the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in in 1925, it is believed Lori Anne Madison will be the youngest contestant ever to have competed in the event.
Lori Ann will be sponsored by sponsored by the News & Messenger newspaper and the Bel Air Woman's Club, who with many other sponsors help the children with travel expenses, and make it possible for the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee to be held.
Children from the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Department of Defense Dependents Schools in Europe; as well as the Bahamas, Canada, China, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea will be competing.
The spellers range in age from 6 to 15 years old, but 84% are between the ages of 12 and 14 years old. The Scripps National Spelling Bee is the nation’s largest and longest-running educational promotion, administered on a not-for-profit basis by
The E.W. Scripps Company and 288 sponsors in the United States, Europe, Canada, New Zealand, Guam, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.
Since 1994, ESPN has televised the later rounds of the bee; since 2006, earlier rounds have aired on the cable channel during the day, and the Championship Finals have aired in primetime on ABC. All students are given a National Spelling Bee "Spell It" book with a list of word, origins, and tips for success.