Girl Is Youngest Ever to Head to National Spelling Bee

A 5-year-old girl has made history as the youngest person ever to qualify for the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Fuller earned her coveted spot by correctly spelling the word Jnana pronounced (Juh-nah-nah). "She can remember words that has seen and heard very easily".

Last year, six-year-old Akash Vukoti gained worldwide attention when he qualified for the national Spelling Bee.

"She is very bright, we were incredible to find that she really has a knack for spelling", said Edith's mother Annie Fuller. Speaking to Tulsa World, her mother Anne was extremely proud that her daughter went toe-to-toe with the other spellers.

The 2016 Bee also crowned one of its youngest champions ever, as 11-year-old Nihar Janga was declared a co-champion along with 13-year-old Jairam Hathwar.

"It's fun to share her with everyone", Fuller told the local newspaper.

Edith, who is homeschooled, clearly has a real talent for spelling.

Edith told Newsy's partners at KJRH her mom helped her study up for the big competition. "I'm surprised she sat still for so long". "We certainly look forward to welcoming Edith Fuller and all of our more than 280 national spellers who will come to National Harbor in May to compete and enjoy a memorable Bee week".

The National Spelling Bee is open to contestants who haven't passed the eighth grade.

There is no minimum age to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

  • Salvatore Jensen