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National Spelling Bee

Smart young people from across the nation compete to become the next National Spelling Bee champion.

Snigdha Nandipati, 14, of San Diego is embraced by her brother Sujan Nandipati, after winning the National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday. At far right is second place winner Stuti Mishra, 14, of West Melbourne, Fla. Jacquelyn Martin / AP
Snigdha Nandipati holds her trophy after winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Kevin Lamarque / Reuters
Speller Lena Greenberg of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, celebrates with fellow speller Nicholas Rushlow of Pickerington, Ohio, after she correctly spelled her word. Alex Wong / Getty Images
Jordan Hoffman, 14, of Lee's Summit, Missouri, reacts as she incorrectly spells a word in the final round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Kevin Lamarque / Reuters
Emma Ciereszynski, 14, from Dover, New Hampshire, reacts as she incorrectly spells a word in the final round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Kevin Lamarque / Reuters
Lena Greenberg, 14, of Philadelphia, celebrates with other contestants after spelling the word "cholecystitis" correctly on Thursday during the semifinal round of the 85th National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Md. Evan Vucci / AP
Bridget Nealis, a stage manager for the Scripps National Spelling Bee, left, comforts Mignon Tsai, 12, of British Columbia, Canada, after Tsai misspelled "macropodid" during the semifinals Thursday. Jim Lo Scalzo / EPA
Jae Canetti, 10, of Fairfax, Va., jumps out of his seat as he is announced Wednesday as one of the 50 semifinalists in the National Spelling Bee. Jacquelyn Martin / AP
Spellers anxiously wait their turn during the third round of the competition on Wednesday. Mark Wilson / Getty Images
Six-year old Lori Anne C. Madison adjusts the microphone before successfully spelling "dirigible" during the second round of the competition on Wednesday morning. Mark Wilson / Getty Images
Naomi Li, 14, of Center Valley, Pa. thinks hard about how to spell her word during the National Spelling Bee. Jacquelyn Martin / AP
Eboseremhen Eigbe, of Galloway, N.J., yawns during the second round of National Spelling Bee. Evan Vucci / AP
Greg Kessel, 14, of Rock Falls, Ill., competes in the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition. Jacquelyn Martin / AP
Parents take photographs of their children before the start of the second round of the National Spelling Bee. Evan Vucci / AP
Lori Anne Madison, 6, of Woodbridge, Va., takes her seat as the youngest speller in the National Spelling Bee, before competing in the Bee in National Harbor, Md. Jacquelyn Martin / AP
Sam Lowery, of Charlestown, Mass., spells his word in the air during round two of the National Spelling Bee. Evan Vucci / AP
Alex Howe, 9, of Victorville, Calif,, right, yawns next to Sam T.E. Nitz, 13, of Costa Mesa, Calif., as they compete in the National Spelling Bee. Jacquelyn Martin / AP
Margaret Flaherty Peterson of South Bend, Ind., spells a word correctly during the second round of the National Spelling Bee. Mark Wilson / Getty Images
Dylan Bird, 13, of Pebble Beach, Calif., listens to fellow spellers during the National Spelling Bee on Wednesday. Jacquelyn Martin / AP