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  • Faces at the Spelling Bee

    With confetti falling, Snigdha Nandipati, 14, of San Diego, right, is embraced by her brother Sujan Nandipati, 10, after she won the National Spelling Bee with the word "guetapens" in Oxon Hill, Md., May 31, 2012.
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  • Faces at the Spelling Bee

    Snigdha Nandipati, 14, of San Diego, right, and her brother Sujan Nandipati, hoist up her trophy after she won the National Spelling Bee by spelling the word "guetapens" in Oxon Hill, Md., May 31, 2012.
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  • Annual National Spelling Bee

    Lori Anne Madison, 6, of Woodbridge, Va., the youngest speller ever to compete in the 85th Scripps National Spelling Bee, reacts after misspelling the word "ingluvies" in Round 2 of the bee in Oxon Hill, Md., May 30, 2012. She was eliminated.
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  • Annual National Spelling Bee

    Nathan Dugan, of Canton, Ohio, spells the word "cantankerous" during the 85th Scripps National Spelling Bee, May 30, 2012, in Oxon Hill, Md. Though he spelled both words correctly that day, he was not one of the 50 selected to advance in the bee, according to the Canton Repository.
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  • Annual National Spelling Bee

    Nejat Alkadir, 13, of Ledford, N.C., nervously spells her word during Round 2 of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., May 30, 2012. She did not reach the semifinals.
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  • Annual National Spelling Bee

    Naomi Li, of Center Valley, Pa., thinks about her word during the second round of the spelling bee on May 30, 2012, in Oxon Hill, Md. She correctly spelled both words but did not advance.
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  • Annual National Spelling Bee

    Vanya Shivashankar, of Olathe, Kan., smiles after correctly spelling her word during second round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on May 30, 2012 in Oxon Hill, Md. She was the only contestant to receive a perfect overall score. Maybe it runs in the family: Her sister Kavya won the bee in 2009.
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  • Annual National Spelling Bee

    Philip Andrew Cummings of Oswego, N.Y., concentrates during Round 2 of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, May 30, 2012, in Oxon Hill, Md. He did not reach the semifinals.
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  • Annual National Spelling Bee

    ESPN personality Samantha Steele reacts as she tries to spell a word during the Scripps National Spelling Bee, May 30, 2012, in Oxon Hill, Md. She appeared as contestant No. 279 and was given the word "slobberhannes." Steele incorrectly spelled the word, even after asking Lori Anne Madison for help.
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  • Annual National Spelling Bee

    Coralee Ashley Tibeingana Ahabwe Wade LaRue, of Vinyard Haven, Mass., spells her word May 30, 2012, in Oxon Hill, Md. She did not advance.
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  • Annual National Spelling Bee

    Lena Greenberg, 14, of Philadelphia, concentrates as she spells her word correctly in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., May 30, 2012. She was one of 50 to be selected to participate in the semifinals and finals the next day.
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  • Annual National Spelling Bee

    Sam Lowery, of Charlestown, Mass., spells his word in the air during Round 2 of the National Spelling Bee May 30, 2012, in Oxon Hill, Md. He did not make it to the group of 50.
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