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Scripps National Spelling Bee: Behind the scenes

Mark Bowen/Scripps Howard News Service Shh, no noise in the testing room! For more Scripps National Spelling Bee photos, go to http://instagram.com/scrippsnationalspellingbee#

Mark Bowen/Scripps Howard News Service Shh, no noise in the testing room! For more Scripps National Spelling Bee photos, go to http://instagram.com/scrippsnationalspellingbee#

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  • Mark Bowen/Scripps Howard News Service Speller 232, Elizabeth Dang, and her brother. Painted mustaches must run in the family!
  • Mark Bowen/Scripps Howard News Service Five-time bee competitor Emily Keaton hails from Kentucky.
  • Mark Bowen/Scripps Howard News Service Spellers show some serious concentration during preliminary testing on Tuesday.
  • Mark Bowen/Scripps Howard News Service Dr. Jacques Bailly (left), official pronouncer of the bee, always draws a crowd.
  • Mark Bowen/Scripps Howard News Service Speller 145, Amna Raza, and her cheering section.
  • Mark Bowen/Scripps Howard News Service The view from inside the ESPN control room at the bee.
  • Mark Bowen/Scripps Howard News Service Speller 64, Pranav Sivakumar from Illinois, registers for his first- round exam on Tuesday, with dad standing by.
  • Mark Bowen/Scripps Howard News Service Madison Fuentes (Speller 260) gets a congratulatory kiss from mom after completing her first-round bee exam.
  • Mark Bowen/Scripps Howard News Service Say cheese! Speller 184, Taylor Roehl from North Dakota, gets her photo taken by mom.
  • Mark Bowen/Scripps Howard News Service Shh, no noise in the testing room! For more Scripps National Spelling Bee photos, go to http://instagram.com/scrippsnationalspellingbee#

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