The 2013 National Spelling Bee

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.

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