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  • The expressive faces of the Scripps National Spelling Bee contestants

    The expressive faces of the Scripps National Spelling Bee contestants
    Victoria Allen of Green River, Wyo., pauses as she spells the word "alim" correctly during the second round of the National Spelling Bee, May 29, 2013, in Oxon Hill, Md.
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  • The expressive faces of the Scripps National Spelling Bee contestants

    The expressive faces of the Scripps National Spelling Bee contestants
    Katie Peterson of Palm Desert, Calif., puzzles over a word as she participates in the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee, May 29, 2013, at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. Two hundred and eighty spellers competed in the annual spelling contest for the championship.
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  • The expressive faces of the Scripps National Spelling Bee contestants

    The expressive faces of the Scripps National Spelling Bee contestants
    Rachael Cundey, of Evans, Ga., spells the word "lokshen" correctly during the second round of the National Spelling Bee, May 29, 2013, in Oxon Hill, Md.
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  • The expressive faces of the Scripps National Spelling Bee contestants

    The expressive faces of the Scripps National Spelling Bee contestants
    Katie Peterson of Palm Desert, Calif., reacts after getting the word "totipotency" incorrect during the third round of the National Spelling Bee, May 29, 2013, in Oxon Hill, Md.
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  • The expressive faces of the Scripps National Spelling Bee contestants

    The expressive faces of the Scripps National Spelling Bee contestants
    Bryce Tasso, of Eagle River, Alaska, spells the word "shrieval" correctly during the second round of the National Spelling Bee, May 29, 2013, in Oxon Hill, Md.
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  • The expressive faces of the Scripps National Spelling Bee contestants

    The expressive faces of the Scripps National Spelling Bee contestants
    Zerin Wetzel of Fort Irwin, Calif., reacts after spelling the word "commissar" incorrectly during the second round of the National Spelling Bee, May 29, 2013, in Oxon Hill, Md.
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  • The expressive faces of the Scripps National Spelling Bee contestants

    The expressive faces of the Scripps National Spelling Bee contestants
    Giabao Tonthat of Escondido, Calif., participates in the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee, May 29, 2013, at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.
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  • The expressive faces of the Scripps National Spelling Bee contestants

    The expressive faces of the Scripps National Spelling Bee contestants
    Eboseremhen Eigbe of Galloway, N.J., tries to spell a word in round three of the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee, May 29, 2013, at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.
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  • The expressive faces of the Scripps National Spelling Bee contestants

    The expressive faces of the Scripps National Spelling Bee contestants
    Osvaldo Sanchez of Bakersfield, Calif., awaits his turn during the third round of the National Spelling Bee, May 29, 2013, in Oxon Hill, Md. Sanchez spelled the word "oligarchic" correctly.
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  • The expressive faces of the Scripps National Spelling Bee contestants

    The expressive faces of the Scripps National Spelling Bee contestants
    Jae Canetti of Reston, Va., pauses before spelling the word "punctilio" correctly during the second round of the National Spelling Bee, May 29, 2013, in Oxon Hill, Md.
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  • The expressive faces of the Scripps National Spelling Bee contestants

    The expressive faces of the Scripps National Spelling Bee contestants
    Katharine Wang, 11, of Beijing, incorrectly spells "hyetomete" during the semi-final round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., May 30, 2013.
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  • The expressive faces of the Scripps National Spelling Bee contestants

    The expressive faces of the Scripps National Spelling Bee contestants
    Vanya Shivashankar, of Olathe, Kan., puts on her medal after it was announced that she made the semifinal round of the National Spelling Bee, May 29, 2013, in Oxon Hill, Md. Shivashankar's sister, Kavya, won the Spelling Bee in 2009 and she is trying to become the first sibling of a champion to win the title.
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