Photos: 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee

WASHINGTON — The 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee takes center stage at National Harbor this week with nearly 300 young scholars vying for the top prize.

Spellers from age 6 to 15 went through the preliminary rounds Wednesday, and the top 40 spellers move on to the finals Thursday. Follow their journey.

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Kelly Haven, 12, of Fort Defiance, Arizona, (sponsored by the Navajo Times) get high-fives from other students as she leaves the stage after competing in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Maryland, on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. The first National Spelling Bee was held in 1925 and put on hold during World War II. (AP photo\/Jacquelyn Martin)\n"},{"type":"photo","media":"

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Edith Fuller, 6, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, wipes her tears after she didn’t make the finals of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Maryland. (AP photo\/Alex Brandon)\n"},{"type":"photo","media":"

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Edith Fuller, 6, from Tulsa, Oklahome, spells out a word during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Maryland. (AP photo\/Alex Brandon)\n"},{"type":"photo","media":"

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Surya Dodia, 13, from Naples, Florida, reacts after correctly spelling “filbert” during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Maryland, on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. The first National Spelling Bee was held in 1925 and put on hold during World War II. (AP photo\/Cliff Owen)\n"},{"type":"ad","media":"

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Will Rooke, 13, from Deephaven, Minnesota, jumps off the stage after the second round of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Maryland. (AP photo\/Alex Brandon)\n"},{"type":"photo","media":"

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Parents take pictures of their children as they participate on stage in round two of the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee, at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center May 31, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Close to 300 spellers are competing in the annual spelling contest for the top honor this year. (Photo by Alex Wong\/Getty Images)\n"},{"type":"photo","media":"

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Relatives of spellers take photographs as the children take the stage to compete in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Maryland, on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. (AP photo\/Jacquelyn Martin)\n"},{"type":"photo","media":"

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Akilan Sankaran, 10, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, right, high-fives Sreeniketh Vogoti, 14, from Saint Johns, Florida, after he correctly spelled “laity” during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Maryland, on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. The first National Spelling Bee was held in 1925 and put on hold during World War II. (AP photo\/Cliff Owen)\n"},{"type":"ad","media":"

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The trophy is on display as students wait for their turns to compete in the second round of the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center on May 31, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Close to 300 spellers are competing in the annual spelling contest for the top honor this year. (Photo by Alex Wong\/Getty Images)\n"},{"type":"photo","media":"

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Tien Thuy Nguyen of New Orleans, Louisiana, reacts after misspelling during round three of the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center on May 31, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Close to 300 spellers are competing in the annual spelling contest for the top honor this year. (Photo by Alex Wong\/Getty Images)\n"},{"type":"photo","media":"

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Brandon Anderson of Mount Vernon, New York, reacts after he misspelled his word during round two of the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center on May 31, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Close to 300 spellers are competing in the annual spelling contest for the top honor this year. (Photo by Alex Wong\/Getty Images)\n"},{"type":"photo","media":"

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Erin Marie Welch of Princess Anne, Maryland, participates in round two of the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center on May 31, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Close to 300 spellers are competing in the annual spelling contest for the top honor this year. (Photo by Alex Wong\/Getty Images)\n"},{"type":"ad","media":"

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Relatives of spellers take photographs as the children take the stage to compete in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Maryland, on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. (AP photo\/Jacquelyn Martin)\n"},{"type":"photo","media":"

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Edith Fuller, 6, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, the youngest speller ever in the national bee, sits next to Marlene Schaff, 14, of Lake Forest, Illinois, (right) as they wait to compete in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Maryland, on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. (AP photo\/Jacquelyn Martin)\n"},{"type":"photo","media":"

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Edith Fuller, 6, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, waits to spell her word in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Maryland, on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. (AP photo\/Cliff Owen)\n"},{"type":"photo","media":"

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Will Rooke, 13, from Deephaven, Minn., does the dap after correctly spelling his word during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Maryland, on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. (AP photo\/Cliff Owen)\n"},{"type":"ad","media":"

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Joel Miles, 14, from Greenwood, Missouri, reacts after spelling his word correctly in the third round of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Maryland. (AP photo\/Alex Brandon)\n"},{"type":"photo","media":"

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Saketh Sundar, 11, from Elkridge, Maryland, jumps after correctly spelling “valetudinary” during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Maryland, on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. The first National Spelling Bee was held in 1925 and put on hold during World War II. (AP photo\/Cliff Owen)\n"}], previews: [{"index":0,"src":"http:\/\/wtop.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2017\/05\/spelling-5-260x174.jpg"},{"index":1,"src":"http:\/\/wtop.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2017\/05\/spelling7-260x174.jpg"},{"index":2,"src":"http:\/\/wtop.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2017\/05\/Spelling_Bee_60888-260x174.jpg"},{"index":3,"src":"http:\/\/wtop.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2017\/05\/spelling8-260x174.jpg"},{"index":5,"src":"http:\/\/wtop.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2017\/05\/spelling10-260x174.jpg"},{"index":6,"src":"http:\/\/wtop.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2017\/05\/spelling11-260x174.jpg"},{"index":7,"src":"http:\/\/wtop.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2017\/05\/spelling6-260x174.jpg"},{"index":8,"src":"http:\/\/wtop.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2017\/05\/spelling-9-260x174.jpg"},{"index":10,"src":"http:\/\/wtop.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2017\/05\/spelling2-260x174.jpg"},{"index":11,"src":"http:\/\/wtop.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2017\/05\/spelling1-260x174.jpg"},{"index":12,"src":"http:\/\/wtop.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2017\/05\/spelling3-260x174.jpg"},{"index":13,"src":"http:\/\/wtop.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2017\/05\/spelling4-260x174.jpg"},{"index":15,"src":"http:\/\/wtop.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2017\/05\/spelling6-260x174.jpg"},{"index":16,"src":"http:\/\/wtop.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2017\/05\/APTOPIX_Spelling_Bee_21157-260x174.jpg"},{"index":17,"src":"http:\/\/wtop.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2017\/05\/Spelling_Bee_84434-260x174.jpg"},{"index":18,"src":"http:\/\/wtop.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2017\/05\/Spelling_Bee_90538-260x174.jpg"},{"index":20,"src":"http:\/\/wtop.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2017\/05\/Spelling_Bee_27383-260x174.jpg"},{"index":21,"src":"http:\/\/wtop.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2017\/05\/Spelling_Bee_73727-260x174.jpg"}], prev: "\t", next: "\t" };

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