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2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee

Arvind Mahankali, 11, from New York City, left,

Arvind Mahankali, 11, from New York City, left, and Miles Shebar, 13, also from New York City, react after a competitor correctly spelled a difficult word during round two of the National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Md. (June 1, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

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.

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)

Arvind Mahankali, 11, from New York City, left,
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Arvind Mahankali, 11, from New York City, left, and Miles Shebar, 13, also from New York City, react after a competitor correctly spelled a difficult word during round two of the National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Md. (June 1, 2011)

Surabhi Lakshmanan of Franklin, Mass., spells a word
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Surabhi Lakshmanan of Franklin, Mass., spells a word during the second round of the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Maryland. (June 1, 2011))

Yuichi Beinard Bernardo Yoshioka, 12, from Tokyo, Japan,
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Yuichi Beinard Bernardo Yoshioka, 12, from Tokyo, Japan, spells his word during round two of the National Spelling Bee. (June 1, 2011)

Autumn Marie Currin, 11, from Lillington, N.C., reacts
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Autumn Marie Currin, 11, from Lillington, N.C., reacts after spelling "mozzarella" wrong, during round two of the National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Md. (June 1, 2011)

Anissa Valentina Murgo, 10, from Bradenton, Fla., center,
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Anissa Valentina Murgo, 10, from Bradenton, Fla., center, listens to spellers during round two of the National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Md. (June 1, 2011)

Andre Jordan Winkfeild of Waldorf, Md., spells a
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Andre Jordan Winkfeild of Waldorf, Md., spells a word during the second round of the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition in National Harbor, Md. (June 1, 2010)

Caleb Matthew Miller, 11, from Monroe, La., spells
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Caleb Matthew Miller, 11, from Monroe, La., spells his word in his hand during round two of the National Spelling Bee in Maryland. (June 1, 2011)

Addison Hughes, 9, from Terre Haute, Ind. concentrates
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Addison Hughes, 9, from Terre Haute, Ind. concentrates while spelling his first word during round two of the National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Md. (June 1, 2011)

Spellers wait for their turn to spell a
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Spellers wait for their turn to spell a word during the second round of the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition June 1, 2010 in Washington, DC. Spellers participated in the annual competition to become the best spelling bee of the yea (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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