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The 2013 National Spelling Bee

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Last night, Arvind Mahankali, 13, of New York City, became the champion of the 86th Scripps National Spelling Bee, correctly spelling "knaidel" for the win. 281 young spellers arrived in Maryland to compete, coming from schools across U.S. states and territories, and the Bahamas, Canada, China, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan and South Korea. In the final rounds, spellers encountered such words as "intravasation", "glossophagine", "isopiestic", "lansquenet", and "ptyalagogue". When it came down to two final competitors, Pranav Sivakumar misspelled "cyanophycean", giving Mahankali an opportunity to win, which he did, by correctly spelling two words in a row: "tokonoma", and finally "knaidel". As champion, Mahankali will take home $30,000 in cash and a $2,500 savings bond. Gathered here are 26 images from yesterday's competition. [26 photos]

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Arvind Mahankali of New York holds his trophy after winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Maryland, on May 30, 2013. Mahankali, a 13-year-old from Bayside Hills, New York, won the competition by correctly spelling "knaidel," a kind of dumpling. Mahankali, a student at Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School, had finished third in the contest twice before. (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)
Arvind Mahankali of New York holds his trophy after winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Maryland, on May 30, 2013. Mahankali, a 13-year-old from Bayside Hills, New York, won the competition by correctly spelling "knaidel," a kind of dumpling. Mahankali, a student at Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School, had finished third in the contest twice before. (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)
Contestants in the Scripps National Spelling Bee take the preliminary test, which includes a vocabulary section this year, on May 28, 2013, in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Spellers took a 45-minute computer test that probed their knowledge of both spelling and vocabulary. The results were combined with Wednesday's on-stage round to determine which spellers advanced to the semifinals. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) #
Scripps National Spelling Bee contestant Arvind Mahankali, departs with his younger brother Srinath, 9, after completing the Preliminaries Test phase of the Bee in Oxon Hill, Maryland, on May 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) #
Parents wave to competitors in the preliminary round of the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at National Harbor in Maryland, on May 29, 2013. (Reuters/Larry Downing) #
Eva Kitlen, 14, of Niwot, Colorado, writes out the word "kleptocrat" in her hand before spelling it correctly during the semifinal round of the National Spelling Bee, on May 30, 2013, in Oxon Hill, Maryland. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) #
Isabel Cholbi, representing California, during the semifinal round, on May 30, 2013. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) #
Christopher O'Connor, representing Arizona, spells a word during the National Spelling Bee semifinal round. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) #
Massachusetts student Amber Born of Marblehead pauses before answering in the semifinal round of the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee. (Reuters/Larry Downing) #
Amber Born, reacts after spelling the word "malacophilous" correctly, on May 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) #
Nadar Chandran, after his daughter Nikitha Chandran, 13, of Valrico, Florida, spelled the word "peristalith" correctly during the semifinal round, on May 30, 2013. At left is Sumita Chandran, Nikitha's mother. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) #
Japanese student Daichi Hayakawa, of Tokyo, competing in the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee, on May 29, 2013. (Reuters/Larry Downing) #
Osvaldo Sanchez, of Bakersfield, California, waits for his turn during the third round of the National Spelling Bee. Sanchez spelled the word "oligarchic" correctly. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) #
Jonathan Caldwell, 13, of Hendersonville, Tennessee, shrugs his shoulders after getting the word "pergameneous" incorrect during the semifinal round, on May 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) #
Eboseremhen Eigbe of Galloway, New Jersey, is comforted by his father after he misspelled the word "meiosis" and was eliminated in round three of the National Spelling Bee, on May 29, 2013. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) #
Mollie J. Symons of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, returns to her seat after she correctly spelled the word "ombrology" in round three, on May 29, 2013. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) #
Mary Geneve Skirvin of Nashville, Indiana, tries to spell her word during round five, on May 30, 2013. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) #
Arvind Mahankali of Bayside Hills, New York, in the finals of the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee, on May 30, 2013. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) #
Syamantak Payra, 12, of Friendswood, Texas (left) Vanya Shivashankar, 11 of Olathe, Kansas, and Vismaya Kharkar, 14, of Bountiful, Utah wait for their turn to spell a word during the final round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, on May 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) #
Amber Born, 14 of Marblehead, Massachusetts, spells the word "lethean" correctly during the final round, on May 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) #
Vanya Shivashankar, 11 of Olathe, Kansas, smiles after spelling the word "shillibeer" correctly during the final round of the National Spelling Bee on May 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) #
Speller Vanya Shivashankar is comforted by her father Mirle after she was eliminated in the finals of the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee, on May 30, 2013. Vanya missed the word "zenaida." (Alex Wong/Getty Images) #
Vismaya Kharkar of Bountiful, Utah, concentrates during the final round of the National Spelling Bee, on May 30, 2013. (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque) #
The final three: spellers Arvind Mahankali (right) of Bayside Hills, New York, Pranav Sivakumar (left) of Tower Lakes, Illinois, and Sriram Hathwar (center) of Painted Post, New York, during the finals of the National Spelling Bee, on May 30, 2013. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) #
Pranav Sivakumar of Tower Lakes, Illinois, in the final round of the National Spelling Bee, on May 30, 2013. Pranav took second place, going out after misspelling "cyanophycean." (Alex Wong/Getty Images) #
Arvind Mahankali of New York ponders a word on his way to winning the National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Maryland May 30, 2013. Mahankali, a 13-year-old from Bayside Hills, New York, won the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday by correctly spelling "knaidel," a kind of dumpling. (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque) #
Confetti rains down on Arvind Mahankali, winner of the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee, on May 30, 2013 in National Harbor, Maryland. Arvind won by correctly spelling two words in a row after Pranav Sivakumar went out, "tokonoma", and finally "knaidel", a German-derived Yiddish word. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) #

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