It’s safe to say that, unlike the rest of Oklahoma, six-year-old Edith Fuller has no problem spelling “patient.”
On Wednesday, the homeschooled Tulsa native became the youngest competitor in the history of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, knocking out the words "nyctinasty" and "tapas" in her two rounds. Ultimately Fuller was eliminated from Thursday's finals due to her score on a written test, but not before managing to leave us all spellbound. See what we did there?
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The sweet little girl was just five years old when she earned a spot in the Bee in March—making her the youngest ever to qualify for the event. At the time, Edith’s mother Annie, told Tulsa World that family members first learned she was gifted last summer when she spelled “restaurant” correctly on her first try. “We knew there was something special there,” Annie recalled. “I knew she’d be a novelty, so I’m proud she held her own.”
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As well as being an aspiring zoologist, Time reports that Fuller plays the piano, sings in her church's children's choir, and is a big fan of hide and seek.
We have a feeling this isn’t the last time we’ll hear about this adorable little spellebrity.