Wednesday, March 8, 2017

This May, the 90th annual National Spelling Bee will feature its youngest contestant in history: 5-year-old Edith Fuller of Oklahoma.


Edith qualified for the national competition when she won her regional competition on Saturday, beating more than 50 other elementary and middle school students.
She correctly spelled 37 words, including “perestroika,” “nisei,” and her final winning word, “jnana.”
“We knew there was something special there,” Fuller said.
After that, Edith and her mom began practicing for the bee, looking up words she misspelled along the way to learn their spellings and meanings.
“Learning the words was so educational. She was able to learn about different countries and cultures and different kinds of food,” Fuller said.
Despite her daughter’s spelling genius, Fuller said she was simply impressed that Edith was able to stick out the 4 hour competition.
“She likes to move around,” Fuller said. “I’m surprised she sat still for so long.”
“It’s fun to share her with everyone. I knew she’d be a novelty, so I’m proud she held her own,” Fuller said.
Here’s the full list of words Edith spelled correctly to advance to the National Spelling Bee:
1. Dracula
2. Layette
3. Odori
4. Colloquial
5. Sevruga
6. Staccato
7. Panglossian
8. Troika
9. Picaresque
10. Lieutenant
11. Kama
12. Mesmerize
13. Tritium
14. Pernicious
15. Buddha
16. Minaret
17. Dahlia
18. Tamarind
19. Virgule
20. Eocene
21. Zephyr
22. Fuselage
23. Nisei
24. Philately
25. Euthanasia
26. Jacamar
27. Chauvinism
28. Alim
29. Perestroika
30. Fennec
31. Lahar
32. Weimaraner
33. Fete
34. Baedeker
35. Sarsaparilla
36. Croesus
37. Jnana


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