7-year-old Louisville girl youngest competitor in Scripps spelling bee


by Melissa Swan


Posted on March 28, 2013 at 5:44 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- They amaze us every year young boys and girls spelling words many of us have never even heard of.

In 2013 the youngest speller competing in the Scripps National Spelling Bee is from Louisville and she is 7-years-old. Almost all of the qualifiers have been named and Tara Singh from Louisville is the youngest by far.

When she won the regional bee Tara amazed many in the audience and it didn't take long for her to amaze WHAS11's Melissa Swan.

Tara Singh is a 7-year-old with a great laugh and loves Disney; especially the princesses. She and her dad love rooting for the New Orleans Saints.

She's a lot like many 7-year-olds but she just happens to be a super speller.

“I like the words baccalaureate and the word weissnichtwo,” Singh said. 

Earlier in March tiny Tara managed to best the older competition at the regional spelling bee and is now headed to Washington D.C. for the national competition.    She admits she was nervous.

“Because I was younger than any other kid there...,” Singh said.

Her mom and dad were in the audience and admit being surprised by the words Tara was spelling.

Tara survived 30 rounds of spelling words, but finally Tara won with deglaciation.

Singh said it means when a glacier is melting.

Tara's parents say yes she's a very bright girl but they believe her astonishing spelling ability comes from hard work.

Studying Greek and Latin is part of that hard work.

Tara is a 3rd grader here at Louisville Classical Academy. It's a small school in eastern Jefferson County.  It's where Greek and Latin are part of the core curriculum and they form the foundation of all learning.

Marcy Cassady founded Louisville Classical Academy six years ago and while she may be surprised that such a young student is so good at spelling, she's confident the Greek and Latin foundation enhanced her ability.

“She looks at the eight syllable words and she sees the component parts and she sees the roots…they've got the tools to go to an extraordinarily high level,” Marcy Cassady said.

How high in the bee might Tara go?   Who knows and frankly, this family say that’s not what's important.

So far Tara’s still enjoying it and even though she'll be eight next month...she'll still be one of the youngest.

“It’s a very good opportunity.  Exciting and kind of nerve racking,” Singh said.