Lori Anne Madison youngest ever to compete in Scripps National Spelling Bee

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(CNN) -- Can you spell "prodigy"?

Six-year-old Lori Anne Madison is the youngest person ever to qualify for the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The little girl is home-schooled and beat out 21 other kids in her Virginia county to advance to the national competition.

She'll put her skills to the test this week against kids twice her age.

But- all the buzz about her being in the bee...doesn't seem to phase her.

"Honestly it's not as big.. And I'm not really excited like... I'm going to the national spelling bee!.. I'm more like, uh, it's fine." 

Madison will be competing against 277 other kids in the contest that starts Wednesday.

The winner will get several prizes, including a 30-thousand-dollar cash prize and an engraved trophy.

When she's not spelling sophisticated words, Madison enjoys playing "Angry Birds" and debating with her parents.


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