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Topic - Samuel Estep
It went on and on and on. Five spellers who seemingly had memorized the entire dictionary simply could not be stumped with any word tossed their way. It was getting late, way past bedtime and well beyond the time slot allotted by ESPN for its telecast.
The personalities of the 41 semifinalists Thursday in this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee were rivaled only by the range of words they faced to be the one holding the gleaming champion's trophy at the end of the night.
"She gave me different lists of words from different languages," said Samuel, of Berryville, Va., his blue eyes twinkling behind his glasses.