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Crew members assemble the main stage ahead of the 2023 Scripps Nations Spelling Bee on Sunday, May 28, 2023, at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. Nathan Howard/AP hide caption

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Karthik Nemmani, 14, from McKinney, Texas, holds the Scripps National Spelling Bee Championship Trophy with Scripps President and Chief Executive Officer Adam Symson after winning the annual competition in Oxon Hill, Md., on Thursday. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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The final two spellers — Rohan Rajeev, 14, (left) from Edmond, Okla., and Ananya Vinay, 12, from Fresno, Calif. — applaud Thursday night during the finals of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, in Oxon Hill, Md. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Lori Anne Madison, 6, studies a snail while also giving an interview to The Associated Press about being the youngest-ever competitor in the National Spelling Bee. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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