As I said in an earlier post, Lori Anne Madison, the 6-year-old who was the youngest contestant ever to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee is anything but typical. As predicted, she did well in the preliminary rounds yesterday as speller No. 269.
Cool as a cucumber on stage, the first word Lori Anne received was ”dirigible“. Used as a noun, it is another name for a spaceship. When used as an adjective, it means ‘designed for or capable of being directed, controlled, or steered’. Lori wasn’t sure and asked the judges for definition. Then she happily spelled the word correctly.
By the third round, the words got tougher and Lori Anne was given the word “ingluvies” which means “the crop, or craw, of birds”. She spelled it e-n-g-l-u-v-i-e-s which kept her from moving on into the semi-finals.
As expected, Lori Anne was happy just to participate. Her parents very wisely have always placed emphasis on her having fun and being a child, like any other six-year-old.
The Scripps National Spelling Bee continues today with semi-finals taking place this morning and the finals tonight at 8pm Eastern time on ESPN.
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