Scripps National Spelling Bee 2013
Contestants prepare for the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. This is the first year that the contest requires contestants to take a preliminary computerized vocabulary test.
Katharine Wang, 11, of Beijing, China, center, gathers herself before the start of the semifinal round of the National Spelling Bee. From left are Eva Kitlen of Niwot, Colo., Wang, and Audrey Bantug, 13, of San Ramon, Calif. (May 30, 2013)
Isabelle Scott, 14, of East Setauket, outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, is representing Long Island in the Scripps National Spelling Bee this week. (May 28, 2013)
Isabelle Scott, 14, of East Setauket, with her mom Dr. Allison McLarty, outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Isabelle is representing Long Island in the Scripps National Spelling Bee this week.
Contestants in the Scripps National Spelling Bee take the 45-minute preliminary test, which includes a vocabulary section this year. (May 28, 2013)
Scripps National Spelling Bee contestant Vanya Shivashankar, 11, of Olathe, Kan., talks about her experience taking the preliminaries test during the first round of the contest. (May 28, 2013)
The 86th Scripps National Spelling Bee is under way, with 281 children taking the first vocabulary test in the history of the competition. (May 28, 2013)
Scripps National Spelling Bee contestant Arvind Mahankali, 13, of Bayside Hills, left, who finished third in the Spelling Bee last year, leaves with his younger brother Srinath, 9, after completing the preliminaries test phase of the Bee. (May 28, 2013)
Alotus Nguyen Wei, 11, from Lima, Ohio, right, is hugged by her sister Alexis Wei, accompanied by their parents HueAnh Nguyen and Victor Wei, as she prepares to take the National Spelling Bee's vocabulary test in Oxon Hill, Md. (May 28, 2013)
"I think everybody wasn't expecting it . . . it definitely changes everything," said Scripps National Spelling Bee contestant, Mary Elizabeth Horton, 12, of West Melbourne, Fla., after taking the first vocabulary test ever in the history of the competition. (May 28, 2013)