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Nadar Chandran reacts after his daughter Nikitha Chandran, 13, of Valrico, Fla., spells the word "peristalith" correctly during the semifinal round of the National Spelling Bee, Thursday, May 30, 2013, in Oxon Hill, Md. At left is Sumita Chandran, Nikitha's mother. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

2013 National Spelling Bee

Scenes from the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at National Harbor in Oxen Hill, Maryland. The winner, Arvind Mahankali, 13, of Bayside Hills, N.Y., was victorious after spelling the word "knaidel" correctly on Thursday, May 30, 2013.