Students test their skills at the Scripps National Spelling Bee (27 images)

Young students from across the United States participated in the finals of the 90th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee on June 1 in Oxon Hill, Md.

Nearly 300 participants entered this year's competition to battle it out for a grand prize of $40,000 in cash, a Scripps National Spelling Bee engraved trophy, a $2,500 U.S. savings bond, a complete reference library and $400 of reference works, including a 1768 Encyclopedia Britannica Replica Set Deluxe Edition and a three-year membership to Britannica Online Premium.
Updated: June 2, 2017 at 9:01 AM
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Ananya Vinay holds her winning trophy while her family celebrates with her on stage. Photo by Pete Marovich/UPI
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Ananya Vinay is hugged by her mother and father on stage after she won the Bee. Vinay, 12, from Fresno, Calif., correctly spelled the word "marocain" to win. Photo by Pete Marovich/UPI
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Ananya Vinay's father runs on stage to hug his daughter after she won. Photo by Pete Marovich/UPI
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Rohan Rajeev, 14, from Edmond, Okla., is comforted by his father on stage as the winner is presented with the trophy. Rajeev finished second. Photo by Pete Marovich/UPI
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Ananya Vinay won the Bee by correctly spelling the word "marocain." Photo by Pete Marovich/UPI
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Ananya Vinay, 12, from Fresno, Calif., participates in the final round. Photo by Pete Marovich/UPI
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Rohan Rajeev, 14, from Edmond, Okla., reacts as he misspells a word in the final round. Photo by Pete Marovich/UPI
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