MEET & GREET: Edith Fuller
6-year-old Tulsan is youngest person ever to qualify for the Scripps National Spelling Bee
Name: Edith Fuller
Known for: Being the youngest person ever to qualify for the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which is in its 90th year. The 2017 national bee is May 31-June 1 in Washington, D.C. The finals will be televised on ESPN.
Edith’s mom, Annie Fuller, on her daughter’s win at the school-level spelling bee: We (she and Edith’s dad, Justin) just wanted to give her an experience we thought would be fun. We didn’t prepare her to win; we prepared her to lose gracefully. (Edith went on to win the regional spelling bee, which qualified her for nationals.)
Editor’s note: Annie, who homeschools Edith and her three younger brothers, says she starts teaching their children to read at 3 months old by showing them word flash cards and videos casually throughout the day.
On Edith’s reading skills: At 5, she read “Where the Red Fern Grows,” and there was some of it she didn’t get. Then she read “Anne of Green Gables” and got most of it. Those are middle school-level books. She was reading actual books by or before age 2.
Edith, on going to the national spelling bee: I’m excited. There’s going to be a person there from Ghana. I want to talk to them about the animals in Ghana.
On her future career: I want to be an outer space explorer and a professor of animals (someone who takes care of animals and teaches people about them).