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2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee gets under way

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Tia Ha, of Victorville, California, misses the spelling of a word in the preliminary round of the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee contest at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland on June 1.

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Spellers wait for their turn to spell a word during the second round of the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition on June 1.

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Autumn Marie Currin of Angier, North Carolina reacts after misspelling a word during the second round of the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition on June 1 in National Harbor, Maryland. Spellers participated in the annual competition to become the best spelling bee of the year.

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