13 Glorious Facial Expressions From the National Spelling Bee

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"C-Y-M-O-T-R-I-C-H-O-U-S," Sukanya Roy, a 14-year-old eighth grader from Pennsylvania, spelled out to win the 84th Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee on Thursday night. The winning word, which means "having wavy hair," marked the end of a grueling final round of competition, where the last five contestants spelled 21 consecutive words correctly.

It was a dramatic end to the bee, but it wasn't the event's only intense moment. Throughout the two days of competition, the students who participated showed a range of human emotion, from joy to concentration to boredom to despair. Here, a look at some of the bee's most glorious facial expressions:

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Eleanor Barkhorn is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.

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