OXON HILL, Md. (CBSDC) — Lori Anne Madison, the youngest child to ever compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, misspelled a word on the second day of competition.

The 6-year-old from Lake Ridge, Va. displayed poise and confidence as she correctly spelled “dirigible” in her first challenge of the day. Not taking the competition too seriously, she celebrated her correct answer with some of the other spellers in the event.

However, Lori Anne misspelled the second word she was given “ingluvies.”

She mistakenly spelled the word with an “e” instead of an “i” on the beginning.

Ingluvies is defined as the craw or crop of birds.

The misstep eliminated young spelling wiz from competition. Only 50 of the 278 original contestants advanced to Thursday’s semifinals.

The champion of the spelling contest will win $30,000, a trophy, and other prizes including a small scholarship.

Certainly for Lori Anne there will always be next year… perhaps for many years to come.


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