Sameer Mishra, from West Lafayette, Ind., reacts to spelling his word to win the 2008 Scripps National Spelling Bee on Friday, May 30, 2008, in Washington. The 13-year-old aced 'guerdon' to win the 81st edition of the bee, held in the nation's capital. Sameer will receive $35,000 in cash plus more than $5,000 in other prizes.

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Sameer Mishra, from West Lafayette, Ind., reacts to spelling his word to win the 2008 Scripps National Spelling Bee on Friday, May 30, 2008, in Washington. The 13-year-old aced "guerdon" to win the 81st edition of the bee, held in the nation's capital. Sameer will receive $35,000 in cash plus more than $5,000 in other prizes.

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