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Photo by: ROD LAMKEY JR

Six year-old Lori Anne C. Madison of Woodbridge, Va., works on spelling her word during the preliminary rounds of the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., Wednesday, May 30, 2012. This year, 278 spellers from around the United States and all walks of life will compete for the title of 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion. Lori Anne spelled her word, dirigible, correctly. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)

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