Youngest Spelling Bee Contestant

A five-year-old girl from Oklahoma named Edith Fuller became the youngest kid ever to qualify for the Scripps National Spelling Bee over the weekend.

Edith will be competing against teenagers up to three times her age, according to CNN affiliate KJRH-TV in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The girl clinched her spot after spelling "jnana" correctly at the Scripps Green Country Regional Spelling Bee in Oklahoma over the weekend, KJRH reported.

She also knocked out words such as Panglossian, Baedeker and sarsaparilla, spelling her way past the other 52 children at the competition.

Edith took home a trophy nearly as tall as herself.

She said her key to success involves learning from her mistakes.

"Mommy asks me a word, and every time I misspell one, I will look at it," Edith said.

But the girl's mother, Annie Fuller, said her daughter's gift is also natural.

"She is very bright," Fuller told KJRH. "We were amazed to find that she really has a knack for spelling."


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