Kennyi Aouad
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Scripps National Spelling Bee

Kennyi Aouad
Kennyi Aouad of Terre Haute, Indiana, reacts after incorrectly spelling his word in the semi-final round of the 2007 Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. (Stefan Zaklin / EPA)
Grace Pyo
Grace Pyo of Birmingham, Alabama, reacts after she misspelled the word “difficile.” (Alex Wong / Getty Images)
Tia Natasha-Elizabeth Thomas
Celebrateing her advance to the finals, Tia Natasha-Elizabeth Thomas of Coarsegold, California, hugs her father Chance as her mother Pamela looks on. (Alex Wong / Getty Images)
Samir Patel
Popular speller Samir Patel of Coleyville, Texas, leans his head toward the microphone after hearing that he spelled his word, “clevis”, incorrectly in the fifth round. (Jacquelyn Martin / AP)
Evan O’Dorney
Evan O’Dorney smiles after he spelled his winning word during the finals. (Alex Wong / Getty Images)
Mom, dad, and the champ
Michael O’Dorney stands proudly by as Jennifer O’Dorney embraces their son, Evan M. O’Dorney, after he won the 2007 Scripps National Spelling Bee with the word “serrefine.” (Jacquelyn Martin / AP)
A wordy triumph
Speller Evan O’Dorney gets a hand to help to hold the trophy from Kenneth Lowe, President and CEO of the E.W. Scripps Company, after O’Dorney won the 2007 Scripps National Spelling Bee. (Alex Wong / Getty Images)