Lori Anne Madison, 6, to Compete in the National Spelling Bee

National Spelling Bee's Youngest Competitor is Lori Anne Madison, 6
Lori Anne Madison
Jacquelyn Martin/AP

05/30/2012 AT 02:00 PM EDT

Well, isn't she "p-r-e-c-o-c-i-o-u-s!"

Meet 6-year-old Lori Anne C. Madison, the youngest contestant to ever compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which starts Wednesday in National Harbor, Md., near Washington D.C.

Madison beat out 21 children in Prince William County, Va., to compete in this year's competition alongside 277 other contestants. And some of them will be twice her age.

Not that she's intimidated: "Honestly it's not [a big deal]," she says in a video on KSDK.com. "I'm not really excited like, 'I'm going to the national spelling bee!' I'm more like, 'Uh, it's fine.' "



Madison, who likes to play Angry Birds and argue with her parents (see video below) when she's not practicing for spelling bees or being home schooled, could win prizes including $30,000 and other scholarships.

All that could come in handy when Madison pursues her higher education.

"I want to be an astrobiologist because I like astronomy and I like biology," she says.

For a schedule of the competition, including when and where to watch live, check out spellingbee.com.

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