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Spelling Bee 2012

Snigdha Nandipati, 14, of San Diego, Calif., left,

Snigdha Nandipati, 14, of San Diego, Calif., left, Lena Greenberg, 14, of Philadelphia, Penn., and Arvind Mahankali, 12, of Bayside Hills, NY, celebrate being named as three of the nine finalists at the National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md. (May 31, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

The televised rounds of the 2012 Spelling Bee start May 31, 2012 with 50 semifinalists. The opening rounds of the event took place on May 30, 2012 in Oxon Hill, Md.

Snigdha Nandipati of San Diego, California, right, gets
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Snigdha Nandipati of San Diego, California, right, gets a big kiss from her mother moments after winning the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Maryland. (May 31, 2012)

Snigdha Nandipati, right, 14, of San Diego, reacts
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Snigdha Nandipati, right, 14, of San Diego, reacts with her father Krishnarao Nandipati, left, and brother Sujan Nandipati, after winning the National Spelling Bee Thursday. (May 31, 2012)

Lena Greenberg, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, reacts after misspelling
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Lena Greenberg, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, reacts after misspelling "geistlich" during the final rounds of the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Maryland. (May 31, 2012)

Speller Lena Greenberg, left, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, celebrates
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Speller Lena Greenberg, left, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, celebrates with fellow speller Nicholas Rushlow, right, of Pickerington, Ohio, after she correctly spelled her word during round 7 of the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. (May 31, 2012)

Grifton Wright, of Jamaica, grimaces after misspelling
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Grifton Wright, of Jamaica, grimaces after misspelling "ericeticolous" during the final rounds of the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Maryland. (May 31, 2012)

Snigdha Nandipati, 14, of San Diego, Calif., left,
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Snigdha Nandipati, 14, of San Diego, Calif., left, Lena Greenberg, 14, of Philadelphia, Penn., and Arvind Mahankali, 12, of Bayside Hills, NY, celebrate being named as three of the nine finalists at the National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md. (May 31, 2012)

Arvind Mahankali, 12, of Bayside Hills, N.Y., reacts
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Arvind Mahankali, 12, of Bayside Hills, N.Y., reacts after spelling a word incorrectly and being eliminated during the finals of the National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md. (May 31, 2012)

Snigdha Nandipati, 14, of San Diego, right, and
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Snigdha Nandipati, 14, of San Diego, right, and her brother Sujan Nandipati hoist up her trophy after she won the National Spelling Bee by spelling the word "guetapens" in Oxon Hill, Md. (May 31, 2012)

With confetti falling, Snigdha Nandipati, 14, of San
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With confetti falling, Snigdha Nandipati, 14, of San Diego, right, is embraced by her brother Sujan Nandipati, 10, after she won the National Spelling Bee with the word "guetapens" in Oxon Hill, Md. (May 31, 2012)

Dean Creedon smiles during an interview after winning
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Dean Creedon smiles during an interview after winning the Regional Scripps Spelling Bee at Hofstra University in Hempstead. (March 18, 2012)

Nickan Fayyazi spells a word correctly during the
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Nickan Fayyazi spells a word correctly during the third round of the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition. (May 30, 2012)

Nick Lambert spells a word correctly during the
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Nick Lambert spells a word correctly during the third round of the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition. (May 30, 2012)

Hannah Katherine Jackson spells a word correctly during
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Hannah Katherine Jackson spells a word correctly during the second round of the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition. (May 30, 2012)

As Patrizzia Fox-Beaudet, 10, of Cottonwood, Calif., left,
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As Patrizzia Fox-Beaudet, 10, of Cottonwood, Calif., left, balances her placard from it's string, Vaidya Govindarajan, 14, of Miami yawns at center, as fellow spellers compete during the National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md. (May 30, 2012)

Lena Greenberg, 14, of Philadelphia concentrates as she
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Lena Greenberg, 14, of Philadelphia concentrates as she spells her word correctly in the National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md. (May 30, 2012)

Dylan O'Connor, of Alexandria Bay, N.Y., spells his
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Dylan O'Connor, of Alexandria Bay, N.Y., spells his word during the second round of the National Spelling Bee. (May 30, 2012)

Kate Miller, of Abilene, Texas, spells
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Kate Miller, of Abilene, Texas, spells "fougade" during the second round of the National Spelling Bee. (May 30, 2012)

Nathan Dugan, of Canton, Ohio, spells his word
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Nathan Dugan, of Canton, Ohio, spells his word "cantankerous" during the National Spelling Bee. (May 30, 2012)

ESPN personality Samantha Steele reacts as she tries
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ESPN personality Samantha Steele reacts as she tries to spell a word during the National Spelling Bee. (May 30, 2012)

Philip Andrew Cummings of Oswego, N.Y., concentrates during
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Philip Andrew Cummings of Oswego, N.Y., concentrates during the third round of the National Spelling Bee. (May 30, 2012)

Coralee Ashley Tibeingana Ahabwe Wade LaRue, of Vinyard
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Coralee Ashley Tibeingana Ahabwe Wade LaRue, of Vinyard Haven, Mass., spells her word during the third round of the National Spelling Bee. (May 30, 2012)

Lori Anne Madison, 6, of Woodbridge, Va., the
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Lori Anne Madison, 6, of Woodbridge, Va., the youngest speller ever to compete in the National Spelling Bee, reacts after misspelling her word, ingluvies, in the third round of the bee in Oxon Hill, Md. (May 30, 2012)

Abigal Violet Spitzer of El Paso, Texas, left,
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Abigal Violet Spitzer of El Paso, Texas, left, hugs Vismaya Jui Kharkar of Bountiful, Utah, after learning they both qualified for the semifinal round of the National Spelling Bee. (May 30, 2012)

Caroline Willett spells a word correctly during the
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Caroline Willett spells a word correctly during the second round of the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition. (May 30, 2012)

Nejat Alkadir, 13, of Ledford, N.C., nervously spells
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Nejat Alkadir, 13, of Ledford, N.C., nervously spells her word during the third round of the National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md. (May 30, 2012)

Lena Greenberg, 14, of Philadelphia, entertains herself while
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Lena Greenberg, 14, of Philadelphia, entertains herself while waiting to spell in the third round of the National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md. (May 30, 2012)

Vanya Shivashankar, of Olathe, Kan., smiles as she
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Vanya Shivashankar, of Olathe, Kan., smiles as she answers her question during the second round of the National Spelling Bee. (May 30, 2012)

Nathan Dugan, of Canton, Ohio, spells his word
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Nathan Dugan, of Canton, Ohio, spells his word "cantankerous" during the National Spelling Bee. (May 30, 2012)

Naomi Li, 14, of Center Valley, Pa. thinks
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Naomi Li, 14, of Center Valley, Pa. thinks hard about how to spell her word during the National Spelling Bee. (May 30, 2012)

Six-year-old Lori Anne Madison of Woodbridge, Va., the
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Six-year-old Lori Anne Madison of Woodbridge, Va., the youngest contestant in the history of the National Spelling Bee, speaks during a news conference. (May 31, 2012)

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