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Who will be America's next top speller?

Will Lourcey, 14, of Fort Worth, Texas, competes. 

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Will Lourcey, 14, of Fort Worth, Texas, competes. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Will Lourcey, 14, of Fort Worth, Texas, competes. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Edith Fuller, 6, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, competes. 

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Edith Fuller, 6, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, competes. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Edith Fuller, 6, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, competes. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Sheridan Hennessy, 11, of Cincinnati, Ohio. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Sheridan Hennessy, 11, of Cincinnati, Ohio. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Sheridan Hennessy, 11, of Cincinnati, Ohio. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Erin Welch, 14, of Princess Anne, Maryland. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Erin Welch, 14, of Princess Anne, Maryland. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Erin Welch, 14, of Princess Anne, Maryland. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Kodai Speich, 13, of Rockford, Illinois. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Kodai Speich, 13, of Rockford, Illinois. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Kodai Speich, 13, of Rockford, Illinois. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Daniel Larsen, 13, of Bloomington, Indiana. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Daniel Larsen, 13, of Bloomington, Indiana. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Daniel Larsen, 13, of Bloomington, Indiana. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Contestants wait their turn. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Contestants wait their turn. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Contestants wait their turn. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Julian Connaughton, 14, of Shohola, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Julian Connaughton, 14, of Shohola, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Julian Connaughton, 14, of Shohola, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Torah Smith, 12 of Fitchburg, Massachusetts. 

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Torah Smith, 12 of Fitchburg, Massachusetts. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Torah Smith, 12 of Fitchburg, Massachusetts. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Connor Lawrence, 14, of Keedysville, Maryland. 

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Connor Lawrence, 14, of Keedysville, Maryland. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Connor Lawrence, 14, of Keedysville, Maryland. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Contestants wait their turn. 

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Contestants wait their turn. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Contestants wait their turn. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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A combination picture shows Avril Regis, 14, of Pago Pago, American Samoa, watching competitors. 



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A combination picture shows Avril Regis, 14, of Pago Pago, American Samoa, watching competitors. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

A combination picture shows Avril Regis, 14, of Pago Pago, American Samoa, watching competitors. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Amelia Ballingall, 13, of Manchester, New Hampshire. 

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Amelia Ballingall, 13, of Manchester, New Hampshire. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Amelia Ballingall, 13, of Manchester, New Hampshire. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Brendan Pawlicki, 10, of Shelby Township, Michigan. 

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Brendan Pawlicki, 10, of Shelby Township, Michigan. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Brendan Pawlicki, 10, of Shelby Township, Michigan. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Jack Miller, 13, of Abilene, Texas, competes. 


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Jack Miller, 13, of Abilene, Texas, competes. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Jack Miller, 13, of Abilene, Texas, competes. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Seated contestants watch.


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Seated contestants watch. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Seated contestants watch. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Contestants sitting. 

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Contestants sitting. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Contestants sitting. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Sakiusa Meador, 8, of Marbleton, Wyoming, stretches as he waits his turn. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Sakiusa Meador, 8, of Marbleton, Wyoming, stretches as he waits his turn. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Sakiusa Meador, 8, of Marbleton, Wyoming, stretches as he waits his turn. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Watching a competitor. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Watching a competitor. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Watching a competitor. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Eric Gitson, 11, of Delaware, Ohio, competes. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Eric Gitson, 11, of Delaware, Ohio, competes. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Eric Gitson, 11, of Delaware, Ohio, competes. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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