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    Syra Gutow, representing Hancock County, takes home a dictionary for winning this year's spelling bee.

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    Syra Gutow spells a word in an opening round of the Maine State Spelling Bee while other contestants await their turn.

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    Naomi Zarin was elated to get down to the final three contestants, and went on to finish second.

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    Garrett Chase, representing Franklin County, listens to fellow contestants in the early rounds of spelling.

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    Down to the final two competitors in the Maine State Spelling Bee, Naomi Zarin (left) representing Cumberland County, watches Syra Gutow, from Hancock County spell a word in the final round.

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    Spelling contestants (from left); Claire Wyman, from Knox County, Madeline Taylor, from Piscataquis County, and Caroline Beckwith from Waldo County.

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    Justin Pelletier, representing Aroostook County, finished third in the spelling bee.

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    Madeline Taylor laughs after being given the word, madeleine - which sounds very much like her own name - to spell during the competition.

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    Hunter Flores, representing York County, waits for his turn to spell at the spelling bee.

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    Spelling bee winner Syra Gutow (right), representing Hancock County, gets a high five from runner up Naomi Zarin who represented Cumberland County.

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