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Hunter Randolph, 12, from Sanford, N.C., right, watches
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Hunter Randolph, 12, from Sanford, N.C., right, watches as spellers compete during round two of the National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Md. (June 1, 2011)(Credit: AP)

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2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee

The oral rounds of the 84th edition of the bee began the morning of June 1, 2011, with 275 spellers ages 8 to 15 from across the United States and around the world competing. The finalists will compete Thursday night for more than $40,000 in cash and prizes.