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17 Adorably Geeky Things You Did Not See At The National Spelling Bee

You Only Spell Once.

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Perhaps you are aware that the National Spelling Bee was last week...

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To feel a little dumber, we sat in the front row of the Championship round of the spelling bee, where the top twelve spellers duke it out for the trophy. Here is what we learned:

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...and know that every move they make is in danger of getting internet treatment.

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When a word is being spelled the entire auditorium is deadly silent.

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Even those who are disqualified get asked for autographs...

... which is perhaps the most beautiful part of the competition. These kids are stars and being recognized for their intelligence. It is a wonderful thing.

To all the young geniuses who competed this year, we salute you!

Contact Benny Johnson at benny.johnson+DONE@buzzfeed.com.

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