Thirteen-year-old Arvind Mahankali of New York has won the Scripps National Spelling bee.
Laughter. L-A-U-G-H-T-E-R. Laughter.
All jokes aside, the Scripps National Spelling Bee is serious business and the contestants feel an immense amount of the pressure when they approach the microphone and face the judges.
Letter-by-letter, they mime the spelling of the word on the palm of their hand or they silently mutter under their breath, working to merge the letters together to form the correct word. Some crack and others persevere.
While the game in serious, it takes some subtle humor from the judges to help ease the tension and lighten the mood. A quick smile from a contestant is all it takes.
Watch the video to listen to some light-hearted jokes from past Scripps National Spelling Bee competitions.
A look at some unusual, difficult or otherwise noteworthy words from the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Eleven spellers go into Thursday night's dramatic 86th Scripps National Spelling Bee finals on live TV, including a two-time third-place finisher and other multiyear contestants.
Ashwin Veeramani, a seventh grader at Incarante Word Academy in Parma Heights, was elimated from the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday.
A Parma Heights student is among 42 spellers that advanced to the semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday.
Spellers began to be eliminated Wednesday in onstage rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Track all of the spellers, including those from northeast Ohio, and continue checking for updates on the results.
This year 281 spellers will compete from the 50 U.S. states and surrounding territories in the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Sometimes you have to laugh during the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Seventh grader at Incarnate Word Academy in Parma Heights Ashwin Veermani has some big shoes to fill at the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee.