Texas teen wins National Spelling Bee

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The report found "beautiful" was the most-searched word for 11 different states, including Utah.

And they were calling to say that Reagan had been reinstated - only the fifth speller to be restored to the competition after an apparent misspelling in the last 20 years.

On Wednesday night, bee officials used test scores to determine that 41 spellers would move on to the finals, to compete under the glaring lights of prime-time television.

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As champion of the 93-year-old competition, he will receive more than $42,000 in cash and prizes.

The answer, of course, is cholent, and 13-year-old Shiva Yeshlur from Wyoming spelled the word correctly - with a little help.

"Being in the national spelling bee is such an honor because we get to witness one of the most biggest educational academic mental sports ever created in history", Akash said before the third round. Anisha Rao, 12, a seventh-grader from Fallon Middle School in Dublin, drew the word "pavillon". As the judges of the Scripps National Spelling Bee explain, "in a competition where letters and words reign supreme, numbers define who advances to spell another day". She was one of only four young women among the 52 competitors in the geography contest.

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"I would probably run myself into the ground doing this, because I just love doing it", he said. Amith Vasantha of San Jose, Calif., missed this one, going with "niaule".

North Dakotan residents want to spell "yacht" correctly, and Floridians wonder about "Hors d'oeuvres" - fancy, fancy.

Paul Hamrick successfully spells the word "binnacle" during the final rounds.

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