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The 84th National Spelling Bee

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Last week, 275 students from around the English-speaking world gathered near Washington, D.C., for the 84th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. The competition took place over three days, during which contestants did their best to spell words such as panguingue, chlothalidone, ingberlach, psephomancy, völkerwanderung, and the winning word: cymotrichous. In the end, 14-year-old Sukanya Roy from Pennsylvania took the prize. It was her third entrance in the competition. Collected below are 26 images from the event, (one for each letter of the alphabet), capturing its highs and the lows for these young spellers. [26 photos]

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Anna-Marie Mitroi Spenger of Utah spells a word in the semifinals of the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee contest at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, on June 2, 2011. (Reuters/Larry Downing)
Anna-Marie Mitroi Spenger of Utah spells a word in the semifinals of the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee contest at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, on June 2, 2011. (Reuters/Larry Downing)
From left, Natalie Cervelli, of Bellaire, Ohio, Dhivya Senthil Murugan, of Denver, Colorado, and Katie Kirk, of Valparaiso, Indiana, autograph "bee keepers," similar to a yearbook of the spellers, on Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at the National Spelling Bee at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) #
Yuichi Yoshioka, 12, from Tokyo, Japan, sits following the first round test of the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee, Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) #
Spellers wait to participate in the semi-finals of the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition June 2, 2011 in National Harbor, Maryland. Spellers participated in the annual competition to win the national title. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images) #
A list of correctly spelled words is projected as Varsha Senthil, 10, from San Francisco spells her word during round three of the National Spelling Bee, Wednesday, June 1, 2011, in National Harbor, Maryland. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) #
Parents photograph their children during a break in competition during round two of the National Spelling Bee, Wednesday, June 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) #
Lily Jordan turns away to spell the word "thanatophia" on her hand before spelling it aloud correctly, while participating in the semi-finals of the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition June 2, 2011. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images) #
Anissa Valentina Murgo, 10, from Bradenton, Florida, center, listens to spellers during round two of the National Spelling Bee, Wednesday, on June 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) #
Sriram Jagadeesh Hathwar of Painted Post, New York, reacts after he spells a word in the semifinals of the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Maryland, on June 2, 2011. (Reuters/Larry Downing) #
Hanif Harold Brown (R) of St. Thomas puts his head down after misspelling the word "nataka", while participating in the semi-finals of the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee on June 2, 2011. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images) #
Katie Hudek of Grafton, Massachusetts, after spelling her word during round three of the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee on June 1, 2011. (Reuters/Molly Riley) #
Adam Ferrari, of Johnstown, New York, celebrates spelling his word correctly during round three of the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee on June 1, 2011. (Reuters/Molly Riley) #
Tommy Foster of Tampa, Florida, spells on his arm during round three of the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Maryland, June 1, 2011. (Reuters/Molly Riley) #
Autumn Marie Currin of Angier, North Carolina reacts after misspelling a word during the second round of the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee on June 1, 2010. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images) #
Spellers wait for their turn to spell a word during the second round of the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee on June 1, 2010. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images) #
Tony Incorvati of Uniontown, Ohio, misspells a word in the semifinals of the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Maryland, on June 2, 2011. (Reuters/Larry Downing) #
Nicolas B. Rushlow, 13, left, from Lancaster, Ohio, is embraced by his mother Michelle after being eliminated during the semifinals of the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee on June 2, 2011. Rushlow spelled 'drusy' incorrectly. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) #
Lily Jordan, 14, from Portland, Maine (left), and Dhivya Senthil Murugan, 10, from Denver, Colorado, sit through the end of the semifinals of the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee on June 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) #
Caleb R. Anderson, 14, from Lubbock, Texas, covers his face while correctly remembering how to spell "ipecac" in round three of the National Spelling Bee, Wednesday, June 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) #
Lily Jordan, 14, from Portland, Maine, right, is congratulated by other spellers after correctly spelling a word during the semifinals of the National Spelling Bee, on June 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) #
Anna-Marie Mitroi Sprenger (left) of Provo, Utah is comforted by her mother after misspelling the word "privatim", while participating in the semi-finals of the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Maryland. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images) #
Dakota Jones of Las Vegas, Nevada, is congratulated by his parents Michael and Jamie Jones, after being eliminated in the Scripps National Spelling Bee after misspelling the word "zanja" in round 15 on June 2, 2011. (Reuters/Molly Riley) #
Joanna Z. Ye, 14, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, reacts after misspelling a word in the finals of the National Spelling Bee, landing her in third place, on Thursday, June 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) #
Laura Newcombe of Toronto, reacts after misspelling a word to come in second in the Scripps National Spelling Bee with her parents Zeu Ming Wong and Dalton Newcombe, in National Harbor, Maryland, on June 2, 2011. (Reuters/Molly Riley) #
Sukanya Roy, 14, of South Abington Township, Pennsylvania, reacts after winning the 2011 National Spelling Bee, on Thursday, June 2, 2011. She won by spelling the word "cymotrichous", which relates to wavy hair. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) #
Sukanya Roy of South Abington Township, Pennsylvania, holds her trophy after winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee, on June 2, 2011. (Reuters/Molly Riley) #

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