Prepare to be I-M-P-R-E-S-S-E-D. It’s just about time for the Scripps National Spelling Bee, and this year’s lineup will include the youngest contestant ever — a 5-year-old by the name of Edith Fuller. This super speller made the competition by spelling a word we’ve never even seen before — “jnana.”
(Don’t worry, we looked it up for you. Religiously and philosophically, Indian culture often uses the word “jnana” to express knowledge.)
Not only is Edith Fuller young and intelligent, but she’s also pretty darn humble. In fact, she’s been quoted as saying that she’s thankful for the opportunity to advance even higher. Again, I-M-P-R-E-S-S-E-D. There’s no other word we know of to describe how we feel when we see her. Of course Fuller, on the other hand, probably knows about 15 of them. We’re guessing she’s a human thesaurus.
If you’re not a spelling bee fanatic, and still don’t get the hype, here’s another fun fact about Fuller.
Fuller beat out 50 other students for the spot. Students who, while incredibly gifted, were much older than her.
Fuller is currently being homeschooled by her parents, so you can definitely thank them for her incredible education.
Of course, she’s got a few good tricks of the trade to share, in case her story inspires you to improve your own spelling.
Makes sense. Obviously, exposure is the best way to become familiar with something. (But still — jnana?)
We wish Edith the best during the spelling bee, which will take place from Sunday, May 28th until Sunday, June 4th. We’re sure she’ll be practicing up until the big day!