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    Megan Chappell of Candor spells ``jabot'' to win The Charlotte Observer regional spelling bee in 1994.
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    "Having won two before, there's a lot of pressure to win again," says Megan Chappell (left) of The Charlotte Observer Regional Spelling Bee in 1996. Her final competition was (from left) Stacy Story, Patrick Capotosta and Sean Hou.
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    JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    (Facing camera) Marshall Winchester, 11, is hugged by his brother, Tanner, 5, after Marshall won The Charlotte Observer Spelling Bee at Spirit Square in 2003. Marshall won the spelling bee by properly spelling the word, cacophony.
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    Marshall Kelly Winchester,14, of The Winchester School in Waxhaw, North Carolina takes his turn during the third round of the 76th Annual Scripps Howard Spelling Bee at Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel on Thursday, May 29, 2003.
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    Tanner Winchester, 6, jumps into his brother, Marshall Winchester's arms after Marshall, 12, won the Charlotte Observer Spelling Bee in 2004. Second-place finisher Janae Jackson, 12, looks on.
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    T.ORTEGA GAINES - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
    Marshall Winchester won The Charlotte Observer Spelling Bee in 2004.
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    T. ORTEGA GAINES - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
    Marshall Winchester won The Charlotte Observer Spelling Bee in 2004. Marshall also plays the piano as well as the violin.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    Marshall Winchester, 13, celebrates his victory in the Charlotte Observer Spelling Bee in 2005. It was the third win in a row for the home-schooled Union County youngster.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    Marshall Winchester, 13, listen for his next word during The Charlotte Observer Spelling Bee in 2005. It was the third win in a row for the home-schooled Union County youngster.
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    Marshall Winchester won The Charlotte Observer Spelling Bee in 2004.
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    Gideon Whaley, a student at C.C. Griffin Middle, looks at the judges reaction after spelling his final word before winning the competition at the annual Charlotte Observer Spelling Bee at ImaginOn on Thursday, February 14, 2007.
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    Gideon Whaley, a student at C.C. Griffin Middle, won the annual Charlotte Observer Spelling Bee at ImaginOn on Thursday, February 14, 2007.
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    Charlotte Observer Spelling Bee winner Molly Crawford, 12 (center) is flanked by runner-up Adelina Cato (left) and Sarah Ensley (right) during the award ceremony at the ImaginOn Wachovia Playhouse in 2008.
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    Sarah Ensley during the 2008 Charlotte Observer Spelling Bee. Ensley finished 3rd in the contest.
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    12 year-old Molly Crawford (bottom), a seventh grader at Jay M. Robinson Middle School, prepares to clean her work station on Saturday, May 24, 2008, while teammate, 15 year-old Ardrey Kell freshman, Rohita Darga studies as they practice for the national Science Olympiad. Crawford represented Charlotte in the national spelling bee, then joined the Robinson team to compete in the national Science Olympiad.
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    12 year-old Molly Crawford (left), a seventh grader at Jay M. Robinson Middle School and teammate, 15 year-old Ardrey Kell freshman, Rohita Darga study in preparation for the national Science Olympiad. On Sunday morning, Crawford represented Charlotte in the national spelling bee, then joined the Robinson team to compete in the national Science Olympiad.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    Vaibhav Shrishail listens to fellow contestants during the 2009 Charlotte Observer Regional Spelling Bee.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    Vaibhav Shrishail, 12, gets a hug from his mother Archana and sister Neha, 8 after winning the 2009 Charlotte Observer Regional Spelling Bee.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    Twenty-nine champions from school systems in 14 North and South Carolina counties met in the 2009 Charlotte Observer Regional Spelling Bee.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    Prakash Mishra of Union County Schools smiles after winning the Charlotte Observer Regional Spelling Bee in 2010. Angeline-Marie Morales , right, finished second.
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    Prakash Mishra, 13, of Charlotte spells during the finals of the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Oxon Hills, Md.
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    Robert Lahser - rlahser@charlotteobserver.com
    Nicholas Vincett pauses before he begins to spell a word during the Charlotte Observer Regional Spelling Bee held in 2012.
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    Robert Lahser - rlahser@charlotteobserver.com
    Olivia Jones spells out a word in the final round of the Charlotte Observer Spelling Bee in 2012, which she won.
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    T. Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
    The audience listens as,Weddington middle school 7th grader, Ashwin Subramaniam 13, spells a word correctly for the judges in the 2013 Charlotte Observer Regional Spelling Bee.
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    T. Ortega Gaines - T.Ortega Gaines-ogaines@charlott
    The 2013 Charlotte Observer Regional Spelling Bee 1st place winner Claire McCrea._Twenty-seven champions from school systems in 14 North and South Carolina counties met today in the 2013 Charlotte Observer Regional Spelling Bee. The 59th annual regional bee began at 10 a.m. at the Wachovia Playhouse in ImaginOn, a children's literature and theater center in downtown Charlotte.__T.Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    Claire McCrea was the 2013 National Spelling Bee contestant for the Observer.
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    Union County Schools' Ashwin Subramaniam writes the words out with his fingers during the Charlotte Observer Spelling Bee on 02.24.14.
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    Davis Troutman (right) of Mecklenburg County Independent Schools during the final rounds against Mary Polking (left) of Mecklenburg County Catholic Schools at the Charlotte Observer spelling bee on 02.24.14.
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    Mecklenburg County Catholic Schools' Mary Polking spells her way to victory in the Charlotte Observer Spelling Bee on 02.24.14.
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