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Youngest Spelling Bee Contestant Stumbles

Scripps Spelling Bee contestant Lori Anne Madison (Getty Images)

Lori Anne Madison is only 6 years old and she’s the youngest contestant in the 85-year history of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.  When most of the contestants are between 12 and 14 years old, Lori is an exception.  She was one of the 278 spellers invited to the Washington, DC area for the competition.

Lori correctly spelled “dirigible” but failed to make it to Thursday’s semi-final round.

Nabeel Rahman from Williamsville’s Casey Middle School is also competing and correctly spelled “coloratura”.  I’ve never heard of the word but it’s a musical term referring to the way singers, especially sopranos interpret a song.  Nabeel tied for 10th place last year.

The top 50 will compete for a $30,000 first prize, a $2500 savings bond and $5000 scholarship.

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