Lori Anne Madison, 6, youngest ever to advance to Scripps National Spelling Bee
Madison advanced to the annual spelling competition by beating out 21 others in her region, most of whom were nearly twice her age. The home-schooled student vanquished her foes by correctly spelling "vaquero."
Her mother Sorina Vlaicu Madison tells insidevova.com, "We practiced that word several times because she kept getting it wrong. We really insisted on that word so I knew for sure she would nail it."
Madison is no stranger to these contests. As just a five-year-old she competed and landed in the top five. But now it's her shot at the big time.
As for her winning the regional, she says, "It was better this time. It felt better. Look, this trophy is different from last year's!"