Edith Fuller is a spelling wiz. With a white bow in her hair, the 5-year-old correctly spelled “jnana” — her 37th word at the Oklahoma Green Country Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday — to become the youngest person ever to qualify for the Scripps National Spelling Bee. “I feel thankful,” Edith said after nailing the competition.
Edith is “very bright” according to her mother, Annie Fuller. “We were amazed to find that she really has a knack for spelling and can remember words that she’s seen or heard very easily,”. Edith defeated 50 other contestants from across Oklahoma at Saturday night’s regional competition in Tulsa — spelling words like “croesus” and “sarsaparilla” and “baedeker.”
Edith’s parents discovered her unique skill last summer, as they were having dinner one night. Her mom was quizzing her on spelling, and asked her to try spelling “restaurant,” a word she hadn’t been taught. To the shock of her parents, Edith immediately spelled it correctly.
Edith, who is homeschooled, is preparing to compete in the final level of the prestigious spelling competition, which will be held near Washington, D.C. this year between May 30 and June 1. She’ll be practicing until then. And in her free time, Edith plans to spend time outside.
“Like play outside or play piano, maybe study animals,” she said. Wishing nothing but the best Edith!