The Six-Year-Old in the National Spelling Bee

This is a great story about Lori Anne Madison, a six-year old girl. She’s the youngest person ever to compete in the National Spelling Bee:

She is blonde and adorable and talks at 100 mph. In the last few weeks, she has won major awards in both swimming and math, but one accomplishment above all has made her an overnight national celebrity: This week, the precocious girl from Lake Ridge, Va., will be onstage with youngsters more than twice her age and twice her size as one of 278 spellers who have qualified for the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Sounds like she’s destined to do great things:

She hit all her milestones early, walking and talking well before others in her playgroup. She was reading before she was 2. She swims four times a week, keeping pace with 10-year-old boys, and wants to be in the Olympics. When her mother tried to enroll her in a private school for the gifted, the headmaster said Lori Anne was just way too smart to accommodate and needed to be home-schooled.

But as far as interviewing goes? Lori had this to say: “I want to go back to being a kid and playing with my friends.”