Spelling bee photo gallery
By Associated Press
Sidharth Chand, 12, of Pontiac, Mich., right, hugs his younger brother Shrikant Chand, 7, after coming in second.
Kavya Shivashankar, 12, of Olathe, Kan., wipes away tears while being comforted by her father Mirle Shivashankar.
Justin Song, 13, of San Diego, Calif., competes in the finals.
The last three finalists sit on stage.
Kyle Mou, 12, of Peoria, Illi., competes in the semifinals.
Veronica I. Penny from Ancaster, Canada, covers her face as she competes in the semifinals.
Rose Sloan. from River Forest, Ill, reacts to spelling her word correctly as she competes in the finals.
From left to right, Sameer Mishra, from West Lafayette, Ind., Sade Jodi-Ann Dunbar, from Bog Walk, St. Catherine, Jamaica and Kavya Shivashankar, from Olathe, Kan.
Tia Natasha-Elizabeth Thomas from Coarsegold, Calif., throws up he arms after spelling her word correctly as she competes in the semifinals.
Sameer Michra, 13, of West Lafayette, Ind., right, is hugged by his father Krishna Michra after winning the spelling bee.
This is for Al Peterson's backyard album. My cage raised tomatoes.
My sister and I were stand vendors at Civic Stadium for years. Many fun summers were spent yelling "peanuts and crackerjacks!". Civic will be missed.