Lori Anne Madison, Youngest Contestant Ever, Advances in National Spelling Bee

May 30, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
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Six-year-old Lori Anne Madison reaches for the microphone during the third round of the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition May 30, 2012 in National Harbor, Maryland. 278 spellers are competing in the 85th annual competition. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Six-year-old Lori Anne Madison, the youngest contestant on record, advanced through the preliminaries of the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday.

Madison, one of the 278 spellers from all 50 states, is a second-grader at NovaTAG Prince William County Homeschool in Woodbridge, Va. She entered her first spelling bee contest at the age of 3.

According to her profile on the National Spelling Bee’s website, Madison has won gold medals in the National Mythology and Etymology Exams, first place in the 2010 Prince William County HOPE Science Fair, and will be competing in FIRST LEGO League.

“She is an avid reader, enjoys spending time with her friends, and has recently discovered birding as a hobby. Lori Anne often studies while swinging upside down or jumping on her trampoline,” her profile reads.

The semifinals will take place at 10 a.m. EST on Thursday. The final round is scheduled to happen at 8 p.m. EST on Friday.

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