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Ansun Sujoe, 13, of Fort Worth, Texas, left, and Sriram Hathwar, 14, of Painted Post, N.Y., celebrate as they wait for the rest of their families to join them on stage after being named co-champions of the National Spelling Bee, on Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Oxon Hill, Md.(Credit: AP / Evan Vucci)

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National Spelling Bee champions through the years

Unbridled jubilation. That's the emotion most displayed when champions are crowned for the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Some will raise their trophies high in the air. Others will cover their mouths in shock. Still more will bow their heads in disbelief. One literally leaped for joy. Here are four decades worth of images chronicling reactions to being the best speller in the land. -- AP