Happy speller
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Spelling bee

Happy speller
Neetu Chandak, 13, of Seneca Falls, N.Y., reacts after correctly spelling a word in the final round of the 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington. (Michael Reynolds / European Pressphoto Agency)
Sounding it out
Kavya Shivashankar, 13, of Olathe, Kan., writes a word on her palm. She spelled it correctly. (Michael Reynolds / European Pressphoto Agency)
Disappointed
Shari-Jo Miller of Jamaica misspells a word in the fourth round of the spelling bee. (Alex Wong / Getty Images)
His final round
Sidharth Chand of Pontiac, Mich., after misspelling a word in the final round. (Jewel Samad / AFP-Getty Images)
Struggling
Andrew Traylor, 14, of Staunton, Va., tries to come up with the correct spelling of a word. (Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press)
The champion
Kavya Shivashankar, 13, of Olathe, Kan., after winning the 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington. She’s joined by her father, Mirle, and mother, Sandy, and younger sister Vanya. She took the title by spelling “Laodicean,” which means indifferent in religion or politics. She won more than $40,000 in cash and prizes. (Alex Wong / Getty Images)
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