Skip to comments.Virginia girl, 6, youngest ever in U.S. spelling bee (home-schooled)
Posted on 03/13/2012 11:56:34 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A 6-year-old U.S. girl will become the youngest contestant ever in the Scripps National Spelling Bee after winning a regional competition in Virginia.
Lori Anne Madison, of Woodbridge, Virginia, won the Prince William County spelling contest earlier this month, beating out 21 top elementary and middle school competitors. Her winning word: "vaquero," a word of Spanish origin meaning cowboy.
"My parents quiz me. I read lists and I have a really good memory," Madison, who is home-schooled, told Fox's WTTG-TV, a Washington-area station.
Madison was believed to be the youngest competitor ever, the Cincinnati-based National Spelling Bee said on Tuesday. Based on incomplete records, the previous youngest contestant was 8, it said.
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I actually hope she slows down a little bit. She's a little too intense for a child who hasn't had her second birthday.
The idiot reporter on FOX this morning asked her if she “gets out” to play with other children.
Impressive. Most kids at age 6 have just learned their abc’s.
She can’t tie her shoes or add 3+4, but she sure can spell! (I kid, of course, but it has been shown that a lot of these spelling bee whiz kids focus and inordinate amount of time on spelling.)
By the way, I was a 4th grade state spelling bee champion. And didn’t study a lick.
Yeah, but I bet she can't solve differential equations like my 18 month-old can. ;)
I have one that is “the high note on the violin” as well...
Oh oh. Wouldn’t this be grounds for the state to remove her from her home under hussein? I’m sure there are a load of pre-k kids families who are greatly offended that this little girl has not been dumbed down.
That’s really awesome. I think some people really are just good spellers, naturally (not negating anything that helped, she clearly has parents who do everything right). I bet she is very verbal and reads etc. I was also an early reader and just generally “knew” how to spell words correctly. Never could understand people who didn’t get it, altho, interestingly I seem to have lost some of it with age (or maybe it’s the internet—I’ll blame that).
Lol! Are you serious? She should have said no but I can spell children. :)
Some government idiot will say she had an unfair advantage by being home schooled.
Why do people always assume bright kids don’t have social skills? Most of the very smart kids I’ve known have been well rounded (with a few exceptions).
That’s wonderful! I wish I had known about things like that. I don’t remember even hearing about any sort of organized spelling bees growing up. I’m sure they must have had them, but we moved a lot. But wow, that’s really a cool thing. BTW I saw the Frasier last night where his son Frederick was in the spelling B. Very funny stuff. :)
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Yeah, but I bet she can't solve differential equations like my 18 month-old can. ;)
Well, my son just turned four and went today for his first visit to a dentist. No cavities!
I never watch that show but I was up late waiting for my husband to get home from a trip and listened in while I was folding laundry. It was SO funny at the end when they wouldn’t give into the bully’s taunts until the dad said that Frasier’s son would probably end up at a state school. Then Frasier’s brother? maybe said “How dare you?”
I laughed so hard I thought I would wake the kids. Lol!
Well what do you know, good parents are good parents. One of my nephews was like that, but then he was disadvantaged and went to public school.
A leader of a teacher’s union said “This can’t be true. Homeschoolers are dumb. D-U-M dumb!”
“But at 18 months, she knows her ABC’s, colors, shapes, can count to 10, and says more than 200 words and phrases.
Yeah, but I bet she can’t solve differential equations like my 18 month-old can. ;)”
At 53, I can find my ass with both hands.
I understand she’s only 6, but she won her State competition spelling “vaquero”? A couple of years ago S. Carolina sent a State champion who could spell “cavalry”. I wasn’t impressed by either one! My niece won last week the SC Independent School Association State competition by spelling “pfeffernusse”. Oh well, that’s the difference between public and private schools!
I think you missed the part that said the 6 yr. old was home schooled..........
Not a product of the government schools? I suppose there wasn’t enough time for spelling lessons between the global warming films and sex ed.
Home schooling BUMP.
I'd be interested in any links, articles, studies....
I sure did! And you missed the part that it was middle school level, same level my niece won.
It's a curse...
I have an 18 year old that started out this way. We knew we were in trouble when at 14 months he pointed to some letter blocks and said “No” (the word he heard most often;-) and of course that is what the blocks spelled. School was pretty easy for him, though he wasn’t winning spelling B’s at age 6! He is a great young man who is in his first year at college (University of Oklahoma) where he got a National Merit Scholarship.
I’m proud as can be of him, as I know you are of your grandchild. They can be a handful as they are growing - but they will often come out of left field with ideas that you never even considered. It’ll help keep you young!
yes, but does she know Homosexual History and how to use a condom?? /s
The bright kids have enough social skills to realize the pop culture is nothing but dog poop and thus ignore the sheeple.
‘Vaquero’...that’s my girl!
Love it! :-)
“Impressive. Most kids at age 6 have just learned their abcs.”
...and most parents let the public education system determine the learning schedule for their kids.
However, some of us don’t (hi W-time). Some of us know that kids can learn MUCH, MUCH, earlier than the schedule that they are given by the NEA. And, in fact, it’s actually EASY to make just about any normal kid look like a genius, simply by ignoring the NEA’s schedule and pushing junior a bit harder (i.e., taking control of junior’s early education).
One of the few good things to come out of the disaster that is American Education is the opportunity for just about any parent and any kid to look like a genius, simply because the ‘mainstream’ kids are years behind where they used to be and where most of the world is now. In other words, take an American ‘genius’ that is several years ahead of his grade level in math and reading, put him in Singapore or Russia, or China, and he will be lucky if he is even an ‘average’ kid there.
I saw that interview this morning with this girl. It was really quite amazing. She had exceptional poise and confidence in front of the camera. There are teenagers (and adults, I’m sorry to say) that don’t have her vocabulary and command of the language. For a six year old, it’s really something.
A very remarkable little lady. She’s going to be somebody important some day.
She is cute as a button.
Yeah, I have to say, Niles (Frasier’s brother) is my favorite character.
How ironic that one of the newscasters at the end of the video seemed to confuse “etymology” with “entomology”. Is he not smarther than a six-year-old?
Maher said home schooled are ignorant?
I thought they were in a madrass, being inculcated with evangelical, extremist, right-wing, radical ideology...
(do I really need to put a /s on this?)
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Yeah, for me it was the reading, too. In fact, I can't think how it could be any different. I think the constant exposure to written words is crucial. The kids who didn't "get" spelling probably didn't read much, either (or, at least, not as much as we did.)
Your baby was definitely good at those but he had a problem with the string theory my 12 month old was trying to teach him........... :)
That's what happens when you don't talk baby talk to your kids. Just talk to them as if they were adults and stretch them, and they will learn.
“No, but I can see them from my house.”
What?! You subjected your kid to a CAVITY SEARCH???!
Big deal!:) When one of my sons was about 2, I could hold up a Matchbox NASCAR car and he could look at it and tell me the name of the driver. I’ve got a videa somewhere of him naming about 20 in a row.
At the end, my Mother in Law is heard to say “But can he count to ten?” at which point I said “who cares.”
Save the country, Home school your kids.