5-Year-Old Becomes Youngest-Ever to Qualify for National Spelling Bee

How do you spell prodigy? E-d-i-t-h  F-u-l-l-e-r.

Miss Fuller is just five years old and has become the youngest competitor to advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Over the weekend, Fuller beat more than 50 children ages 5 to 14 to win the 2017 Scripps Green Country Regional Spelling Bee in Tulsa, Oklahoma. During the competition, she had to spell 37 words, including “jacamar,” “jnana” and “fennec.”

Edith, who is homeschooled, has displayed a natural talent for spelling, to say the least. Her parents told Tulsa World they first noticed it last summer when she spelled the word “restaurant” without ever having learned it.

“We knew there was something special there,” said her mom, Annie.

In a few months, Edith will go to Washington, D.C. to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which will take place between May 30 and June 1.

The pint-sized spelling champion is not only talented, but also humble. “I feel thankful,” she told her local newspaper.

We feel humbled, as well.

Candy Kirby

Candy is the founder of The Mom Beat and a humor columnist whose work as appeared in Redbook, Nickelodeon's NickMom, Disney's BabyZone, HelloGiggles and eHow. She also used to be a staff writer for the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, where she penned many scripts featuring prolonged heated stares and countless “Who’s the Daddy?” story lines. Candy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young kids and three rescue Persian cats, the latter of whom are the real brains behind this operation.