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  • Ansun Sujoe, 13, of Fort Worth, Texas, left, and Sriram Hathwar, 14, of Painted Post, N.Y., celebrate after being named co-champions of the National Spelling Bee, on Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Oxon Hill, Md.
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  • Speller Shayley Grace Martin of Riner, Virginia, reacts after she correctly spelled her word during round six of the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition, May 29, 2014, in National Harbor, Md.
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  • Eighth grade home-schooled student Jacob Williamson, 15, of Cape Coral, Fla., pumps his fists after hearing his word, "euripus", during the semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, May 29, 2014, at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. Williamson spelled his word correct.
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  • Sixth grade student Jae Canetti, 12, of Fairfax, Va., cringes his face after incorrectly spelling his word "parseval" during the semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, May 29, 2014, at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md.
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  • Speller Tejas Muthusamy of Glen Allen, Va., reacts after he correctly spelled his word during round six of the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition, May 29, 2014, in National Harbor, Md. Forty-six spellers have advanced to the semifinals to compete for the top honor in the annual spelling contest.
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  • Seventh grader Patrizzia C. Fox-Beaudet makes a face as she listens to her word during the preliminaries of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Patrizzia is competing with 280 other students at the spelling bee.
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  • Isabelle Marie Simmons, 13, frowns after getting dinged for misspelling her word during a preliminary round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
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  • Seongjun Lee of Seoul, South Korea, took a moment to think, but still misspelled the word "apparatchik" during the preliminary round of the National Spelling Bee.
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  • Eighth grader Audrey Melton of St. Andrew Catholic Grade School in Rock Falls, Illinois, struggled with the word "philately" during the preliminaries of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
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  • Ed Horan of Hoboken, New Jersey, spells the word "fantoccini" correctly during the preliminary round of the National Spelling Bee. According to the spelling bee website, the eighth grader plans to travel to Rome someday to "explore ancient ruins and eat lots of pizza."
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  • Anika Patel of Gilberts, Illinois, breathes a sigh of relief after spelling the word "luxuriate" correctly during the preliminary round of the National Spelling Bee.
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  • Jennifer Tenant of Hollywood, Maryland, makes a face as she participates during the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition. The seventh grader doesn’t enjoy waiting and prefers to "rush around and make it just in the nick of time," according to her profile on the spelling bee website.
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  • Madeline Rickert of Minot, North Dakota, gestures after correctly spelling her word during the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition. The seventh grader is a self-described "fan girl," who loves "Doctor Who" and apparently matching blue nail polish.
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  • Alexandra Harper, of Guayama, Puerto Rico, shuts her eyes to concentrate before spelling the word "Bildungsroman" during the preliminary round of the National Spelling Bee. The seventh grader is the only student in the competition from Puerto Rico.
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